The smart home is the wave of the future, but sadly very few of our homes were built with automated solutions in mind. If you want a smart home in 2015, you’re going to have to fashion one yourself, but we’ve taken the time to find a few essentials on Amazon that you’ll need in order to make that dream a reality.

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Nest Learning Thermostat

  • Auto-Schedule – Remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
  • Auto-Away – Saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away
  • Remote control – Connect the Nest thermostat to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet
  • Easy install – Most people install the Nest thermostat in 30 minutes or less

Available at Amazon for $249.99

August Smart Lock

  • Secure – Intelligent, secure access for your home using a smartphone. Never worry about losing your keys again
  • Easy Install, Discreet – Replace the interior of your existing deadbolt in 10 minutes; exterior hardware is unchanged
  • Total Control – You control who has access to your home and manage how long their access lasts
  • Always On – Powered by four AA batteries, so it’s always on; even if your power, Wi-Fi, or cable go down
  • Auto Unlock – Senses your approach and unlocks your door for you, without having to reach for your phone

Available at Amazon for $249.95

Philips Hue Starter Pack

  • Starter pack includes hue bridge and three bulbs
  • Control up to 50 bulbs on a single bridge
  • Create lighting scenes based on your favorite photos
  • Controllable lighting from your smart phone or tablet
  • Ships in Retail Packaging

Available at Amazon for $179.99

Belkin WeMo Switch

  • Turn electronics on or off from anywhere. Perfect for lamps and space heaters!
  • You’ve already got everything you need: WeMo works with your existing Wi-Fi router and any Apple iOS (v5 or higher) and Android smartphones and tablets
  • Modular system – You can add additional WeMo Switches and WeMo Motion sensors easily, any time. Control as much or as little of your house as you want to.
  • Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet, at home and away
  • Included: WeMo Switch, Electrical Rating120V/15A/60Hz/1800W

Available at Amazon for $44.99

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.