An automated home is about the convenience of saving your time and effort by having your home automatically do routine functions such as watering your grass [but only if it has not rained recently], or turning off all lights, setting the thermostat to economy mode and arming the security system when you retire for the night. Its about enjoying home theater time by having the lights dim, curtains close, TV and DVD player turn on and popcorn popper start... all with the touch of just one button.
Home automation is about the security you have knowing that you can look in on your home remotely from anywhere in the world, or that your home will phone you if anything is amiss, or that a fire will alert your home to wake you, shut down the gas and ventilation system and turn on a lighting path for your escape.
Its about the energy savings you will enjoy by assigning your home the responsibility of regulating the operation of lights, water heater, HVAC system, entertainment components, appliances and irrigation system so these devices are on only when needed. The benefits of an automated home are only limited by your imagination.