Home automation is so popular right now, we are finally living in that futuristic world that we have see on television for so many years. The products to control your lights, appliances garage door and gates are here and are surprisingly affordable. Many of these products are DIY units that can be installed by your average homeowener with basic mechanical skills. Some of them are actually as simple as screwing in a ligt bulb. You can now easily monitor things like when the kids get home or leave and did they close the garage door when they left and for that matter did you remember to close it. How many times have you been driving down the street when that fear popped into your head and you had to turn around and go back home to check. The new systems will also close the door automatically after a set amount of time.