New Technology for the Home

April   2022

Home technology has come a long way in recent years. New technologies can simplify your life by making it easier to be environmentally friendly, keeping you and your bathroom cleaner and your home entrance safer and more convenient. According to a study by Parks Associates, 25 percent of homeowners plan to incorporate smart technology into their homes in the next year. They are most interested in products that make things more convenient and reduce energy use.

If you’re not sure where to begin, we have found three new technological solutions for you to consider:

House with solar panels on roof and power storage system

Kohler Power Reserve

As homeowners become more conscious of energy conservation, they are looking for solutions that help reduce their carbon footprints. But they also don’t want to sacrifice having the power they need to run their homes.

Enter the Kohler Power Reserve. It’s an energy storage system that keeps your home powered during outages — while providing energy independence by storing excess solar energy for future use. Think of it as an energy bank account: you deposit solar energy and use it as you see fit.

The Kohler Power Reserve consists of a battery and an inverter, compatible with AC and DC input configurations. During installation, it is connected to your home’s solar array. The inverter converts solar energy into usable electricity for your home. Excess energy is stored in the battery for use when solar energy can’t be generated or when the grid is down. Compatible with any solar panel, it can be installed indoors or outdoors. It also has a mobile app that allows you to monitor and control your power system from anywhere, at any time.

By storing and using excess solar power, you can lower your reliance on the grid and lower your energy bills. The system can be personalized for each family member based on their power usage needs. And you can control the time of use by using your stored energy during peak usage. find out more at

Modern home with solar panels and Kohler's Power Reserve technology
CLEANOVATION: Revolutionary Cleanliness Technologies

For the past 100 years, TOTO has been the recognized leader in innovation, technology, performance, and design with products that enhance the luxury bathroom experience. TOTO is the world’s largest manufacturer of bathroom fixtures and fittings, with $5.19 billion in annual sales. Their new CLEANOVATION – a combination of clean and innovation – technology helps promote peace of mind and wellness through cleanliness.

The Washlet bidet seat is one of the new items in the CLEANOVATION line that should appeal to many homeowners. It uses pure, clean water to leave you feeling fresher and cleaner than ever before. Once the cycle is activated, a wand with AIR-IN-WONDER-WAVE technology provides soothing warm aerated water. Once that cycle is complete, there is a drying cycle where warm air lightly dries the area.

Washlet bidet seats are environmentally friendly since they reduce the amount of toilet paper used and fit most standard American toilets. Additionally, TOTO has introduced CEFIONTECT glaze technology that prevents particulates from adhering to porous ceramic surfaces. The surface layer on TOTO toilets with the CEFIONTECT glaze is an incredibly smooth ion barrier that keeps the toilet cleaner longer. Less cleaning means fewer chemicals in the environment and less water used for cleaning.

Later this year, TOTO will also introduce a WELLNESS TOILET that incorporates multiple sensing technologies to support consumers’ wellness. Each time you sit on the WELLNESS TOILET, it scans your body and critical outputs then provides recommendations to improve your health. You can track all of the information on a mobile cell phone app. For more information, visit

The Washlet bidet seat from TOTO
Masonite M-Pwr Smart Doors
Masonite, one of the leading interior and exterior doors brands, recently introduced its new M-Pwr door. This door comes pre-wired to accommodate technology to make your front entrance secure and convenient. The door is integrated with a Yale smart lock you can control with your phone or home assistant, a Ring Video Doorbell, and motion-sensing LED lighting to illuminate the entryway. It also connects to your home’s power supply and has an emergency battery backup.

Smart front door being locked with phone
These are just a few examples of how technology makes the home a better, safer, more convenient place. Have any questions? We’d be glad to answer them and help you integrate new technology into your home to make it energy-efficient, clean, and safe.


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