Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Many people already have smart phones, but not many people live in a smart house.
You could call it a "house of the future" and Onondaga Community College now has one just off campus.
The power grid and many of the appliances are connected wirelessly and have the ability to communicate with one another, but OCC views the smart house more as a living laboratory.
Professors are using the Furnace Brook Retreat Center to educate students on becoming all around technicians for the growing field of home smart technology and cutting edge residential energy systems.
John Lyon, Chair of the Electrical Technology Department at OCC says rather than just guessing, technicians with the right tools and expertise can pinpoint what's wrong with the new technology and have the ability to fix it.
While some home smart technology products are still a little too expensive for the masses at the moment, Lyon says cost is slowly dropping, which means smart appliances will start to become more common in homes.
"There's bells and whistles, but the best part of it is that all these products can help lower your energy cost therefore helping you pay for the products but also being environmentally conscious," Lyon said.
OCC is in the process of installing a geothermal well to heat and cool the home along with installing solar panels to produce energy.
The home benefits from a $2.5 million federal stimulus grant from the Department of Energy to Syracuse University to develop "Smart Grid" College Programs for utility workers and engineers.
Four other colleges are also involved in the program.