Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Provides Connecticut Family With Home Automation Courtesy of Smarthome

February 6, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. -  When Home Designs BY Bruno and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" reached out for help for their latest home makeover project for the Girard family in Voluntown, CT, Smarthome jumped at the opportunity. The Southern California-based home automation superstore provided the home builders with switches, outlets and remotes featuring its award winning Insteon technology, which will allow the Girard family remote control access to lights, thermostats and other appliances throughout their home.

"When we learned of the immeasurable losses the Girard family had endured, we welcomed the chance to participate in this project," explained Laurie Maroni, Vice President of Marketing for Smarthome. "This family has been through so much that our help wasn't just a good thing to do, it was the right thing to do."

Pinnacles of their community, the Girard family has always participated in a variety of volunteer efforts and charitable missions. The true heroism and courage of Thomas and Marc Girard will live forever in the memories of the many peoples' lives they touched. Both members of the Friars and the Knights of La Ponte, father and son embodied the spirit of generosity and dedication in all aspects of their lives. Marc was studying to become a priest and Thomas, a computer technician by trade, donated his time to fundraising to help the elderly and the poor and to repairing computers at the children's elementary school. A year ago, they lost their home in a fire and the Girards moved from a tent, to a tiny camper, to Carol's mother's house, which is almost 40 miles away from where the children go to school. The children sleep scattered throughout the house-in the living room or in the cellar-due to lack of space. Then one afternoon in June, Thomas took three of his children to a nearby lake for an afternoon swim. Thomas began having trouble breathing and Marc rushed into the lake, brought Hannah to safety and then went back into the water to help his father. Tragically, neither Marc nor his father made it back and Marc died trying to save his father's life. 

Airing on Sunday, February 8th at 8:00 PM on ABC, watch the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team featuring team leader Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis, Ed Sanders and Rib Hillis, and local builder Home Designs BY Bruno build the Girard Family a state-of-the-art new home.

The location address is: The Girard Family 100 Preston City Road, Voluntown, CT 06384.

About ABC-TVs Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), is entering its 6th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Anthony Dominici is the executive producer; and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.



About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

About Smarthome™ 
Smarthome was created based on the realization of a need for automated products that make lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Today, Smarthome sells more than 13,000 hard-to-find products, including home automation solutions featuring award-winning Insteon technology. Smarthome sells online through its award-winning website at Smarthome.com, its direct mail catalog, its partners - such as Amazon, New Egg, Crutchfield and Tiger Direct, and its brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.


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