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Smart homes are so called because they make life easier, safer, and more fun. Over the past few years more and more people have been making their homes incrementally smarter by adding one device at a time. This contest is your chance to give your home’s IQ a major boost. We are giving away over $5000 in prizes!

We are familiar with other forms of intelligence; mental IQ and Emotional Intelligence, EQ, are based on the work of Frenchman Alfred Binet who was tasked with creating a way to assess which children needed educational assistance. If Binet could time travel to 2016 to create a method of estimating “Domestic IQ” he would probably begin by looking at how smart the average home is in each area of Canada, then look at the smartest homes and the things that make them smart and arrive at some sort of scale to meaningfully bridge the gap.

Domestic IQ

We don’t have the benefit of the expert Binet to create a Domestic IQ scale so I will have to propose one. We know that millions of Canadians already have at least one smart home device, though many homes are still without any, so that must be the lower extreme; many other people have their homes loaded with smart lights, locks, cameras, sensors etc. Your home is probably somewhere between the two extremes. I listed 6 basic types of smart home categories and some examples of products in each.

  1. Give yourself a point up to a maximum of 2 per category for each device in your home,
  2. add them up and
  3. look at the scale to determine how smart your home is:

 

Lights and switcheslutron

e.g., Philips Hue, Lutron Caseta

Locks and doorbellsaugust

e.g., August locks, Ring Doorbell, Yale Locks and Door Viewers

Security Camerasarlo1

e.g., Nest Cam, Arlo Cameras, Logi Circle

Temperature and environment controlnest-thermostat

e.g., Nest thermostats and smoke detectors, Ecobee thermostats, Netatmo

Security alarms and Sensorsismart

e.g., Skylink, iSmart Alarms, D-Link Water Sensor

Otherchamberlain

e.g., Circle with Disney,Chamberlain Garage Door Openers, Rachio Sprinklers

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Is your house a GENIUS?  Enter this contest and with over $5000 in prizes your home will be well on its way to becoming really smart if you win.

HOW TO ENTER:

You can submit a maximum of 2 entries for this contest.  In a comment at the bottom of this blog article, tell us how smart your house is using the scale above: is it slow, average, clever, smart, or a GENIUS.  In a separate comment, tell us one smart home product found at Best Buy that you would like to add to your home in the next year.

WHAT YOU CAN WIN:

We will randomly draw 10 winners. One person will win the Grand prize, one person will win the second prize and 8 people will each win one of the 8 individual prizes. The Prizes are shown here and also in the Rules and Regulations posted below.

Grand Prize Second Prize
ARLO SMART HOME 2 HD CAMERA SECURITY SYS
August Smart Lock 2 – Silver – HomeKit edition
August Doorbell Cam – Dark Gray
AUGUST CONNECT 2 EN
August Keypad – Dark Gray – EN
LUTRON CASETA WRLSS SMART LIGHTING KIT
ECOBEE3 HMK ENABLE SMRT THRMSTAT W/RS
ECOBEE3 EB-RSE3PK2C-01 REMOTE SNSR 2 PK
Circle with Disney
Dog & Bone LockSmart Silver Keyless BT
D-LINK DCH-S160 WI-FI WATER SENSOR
ARLO SMART HOME 4 HD CAMERA SECURITY SYS
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
YALE KY FREE LCK PSH BTTN SATIN NCKL
Circle with Disney

 

Individual Prizes

Ring of Security Kit- Satin Nickel
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
Circle with Disney
YALE LOOK DIGITAL DOOR VIEWER WIFI
YALE  VDF KY FREE LCK PSH BTTN BRONZE
LOGI CIRCLE PORTABLE HOME CAMERA BLK
D-Link DCS-5010L Pan/Tilt Camera
SKYLINK SKBB-2S SECURITY KIT

 

The contest runs from October 21st until November 3rd.

 

Remember you can enter twice, in separate comments below this blog article.  Be sure to tell your friends and family so they too have a chance to raise the Domestic IQ of their homes.

 

Good Luck

 

How smart is your home contest rules and regulations

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Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on Plug-in Blog as Blog Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.

2278 COMMENTS

  1. I hope everyone had fun using the scale in the article above to determine their home’s domestic IQ. I am very happy to announce the winners of the Smart home contest. We had winners right across the country:

    Kim from Vernon BC
    Emilio from Gatineau QC
    Melanie from Etobicoke ON
    Jan from Winkler MB
    Zvi from Maple ON
    Cheryl from Nanaimo BC
    Lauren from Calgary AB
    Simone from Conception Bay South NL
    Janet from Hebbville NS
    Mike from Calgary AB

    Return to blog.bestbuy.ca often for great informative articles about a wide range of topics from tech to toys, from smartphones to style. Participate on the blog by asking questions and offering your expertise to the comment sections of articles you read. And enter more contests: you never know when I will get more great products to give away so return to the blog often.

  2. This contest is closed. As mentioned in the rules we will conduct the random draw on November 7th, and then attempt to contact the winners. If the winners do not respond within 48 hours we will redraw new winners. We will announce the winners here on the blog once we find eligible winners and they accept their prize. While you wait, please check on the blog for great articles to read and enter the next great contest: we have over $12000 in toys available to win.

  3. Genius. Score of 11. Most recent smart home purchase was a Harmony Hub from Best Buy that I can control by voice with any of my Amazon Echo Dots. I would like to add a Sinope floor heating thermostat.

  4. Nest home thermostat would really help keep the house warm when we’re home and cooler when we’re not.

    might be nice to pre-heat my bedroom just before I wake up

  5. Very much would like to win the ARLO SMART HOME 2 HD CAMERA SECURITY SYSTEM – have been eyeing this for a while – but like my house – am slow like sloth………………..

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