Guidance on the installation of your smart devices
DIY installation videos, questions to ask an installer, the Smart Self-Reliance Initiative (SSRI), and the installer's directory
Do-It-Yourself Installation Videos
Most smart devices can be easily installed by a homeowner with the assistance of straightforward guidance. The following videos provide that guidance for a set of smart devices that can significantly increase your independence and self-reliance. These include: Indoor Air Quality Monitors, Light bulbs, Doorbells, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Thermostats and Home Assistant Devices. We introduce this guidance with two short videos on the independent living benefits of smart devices and services and smart utility pricing programs.
Introduction to Smart Devices & Services
NEST Thermostat E - Introduction
NEST Thermostat E - Installation
NEST Thermostat E - Application
Smart Utility Pricing Programs
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug
Ring Video Doorbell
Indoor Air Quality Monitor - Awair Glow C
Wyze Smart Bulb
Google Home Mini
Questions to Ask An Installer
In some cases, it may be beneficial to hire a professional to install your smart devices, and especially those that require direct wiring. Most electricians, home improvement and heating-ventilation and air-conditioning contractors can install smart devices. To ensure that you hire the right contractor for the job, and at the right price, we recommend interviewing at least three in your area. During your interviews, we recommend that you ask the following questions.
- What type(s) of smart devices do you install and how long have you been in the installation buisness?
- Does your installation service include device set-up and user operating guidance?
- What is the cost of your installation service and what types of payment do you accept?
- What guarantees and/or warranties do you offer on the installation?
- Have you completed any accessibility training for device set-up assistance to seniors or persons with disabilities?
- Can you provide me with three references?
Smart Self-Reliance Initiative (SSRI) Pilot Project
The pilot is testing a new service providing persons with disabilities complimentary installation of free smart speakers and thermostats, and information on cost-saving energy efficiency programs
Available Until January 2024!
Ameren Illinois, Google and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation are supporting the pilot that is employing staff members from Illinois' Centers for Independent Living to deliver the service in six communities across the state. The project was designed by the Smart Self Reliance Initiative in consultation with the Illinois Assistive Technology Program, the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, and the Progress Center for Independent Living. Funding for project development was provided by the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation. Consumers can register for the assistance service through January 2024. Apply on this website on the Contacts Page.
Illinois Smart Device Installer Directory
A statewide directory of electricians, heating and air conditioning technicians, and home improvement contractors qualified to install smart devices in your home.
Currently Under Development
The directory will include companies serving all 102 Illinois counties and will be searchable by zip-code and device type. Company entries in the Directory will include direct contact information, websites and any specialized services for older adults and people with disabilities.
Become A Collaborator
The Smart Self Reliance Initiative is the pursuit of several Illinois nonprofit organizations striving to advance the independence of older adults and persons with disabilities. We invite any organization interested in this mission to contact us to discuss opportunities to collaborate.
NEWS & INSIGHTS
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