Automation, in general, will do one of two things for you:
it will save you time (that you can use productively), or provide you with some convenient features.

Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, security locks of gates/doors and other systems, to provide  convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security.
Check this article:   The Latest In Home Automation: What To Look For

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