Smarthome Offers To Automate The White House Company Reaches Out To President Obama With Assistance

March 5, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. -  President Barack Obama knew his first weeks in office would be tough with the economic crisis and the war in Iraq, however he could not have imaged that the first smudge on his presidency would be for keeping the thermostats too high in the White House.

During the last days of January, media outlets began criticizing Obama for turning up the Oval Office thermostat, an action Obama lectured voters on during his campaign.

"After seeing the backlash he had gotten I offered our help," said Smarthome Chief Technology Officer Dan Cregg. "I wrote him a letter offering to automate the White House so thermostats, lights and appliances could all be controlled via remote control, timers or motion sensors so no energy would be wasted." SmartLabs engineers and manufacturers have introduced over 200 automated home control products with their award-winning, patented Insteon technology

Cregg added, "Since he's cutting spending in a lot of areas, my offer was free products and installation, so I'm really hoping one morning to have a voicemail from the White House." Thus far, Obama has not replied. 

Smarthome's corporate offices in Irvine, CA have already implemented changes proposed to the President by Cregg. All of the infrequently used lights are on Insteon motion sensors, Insteon thermostats are remotely controlled, and employees are updated daily on the company's energy consumption. Employees on the west side of the building typically rely on sunlight en lieu of overhead lighting.  



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, or connect with Insteon on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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, 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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