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

Roost Battery

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.

  1. What type(s) of smart devices do you install and how long have you been in the installation buisness?
  2. Does your installation service include device set-up and user operating guidance?
  3. What is the cost of your installation service and what types of payment do you accept?
  4. What guarantees and/or warranties do you offer on the installation?
  5. Have you completed any accessibility training for device set-up assistance to seniors or persons with disabilities?
  6. Can you provide me with three references?
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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

Complimentary Smart Devices for Independent Living

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. To learn more and apply, please complete the form on the Contact 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.

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Installers: Register your services in the free Illinois Smart Device Installer Directory!DIRECTORY REGISTRATION FORM
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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.


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