Best Buy Smart Home Solutions at the Vancouver Home and Design Show

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 — 10:35am PDT
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It’s so nice to come home to a warm, illuminated house on a cold and dark autumn day. Ever since John and I purchased smart home technology at Best Buy last Christmas we’ve been loving these automated comforts. Lights that turn on when it gets dark out, and a learning thermostat that knows when we’ll be home, when we’re gone, and when we’re going to bed.

nest“I like the Nest because it works, simple as that,” John told me when I informed him I was going to write about our smart home. Best Buy is going to be showcasing showcasing some of their top Smart Home products at the BC Hydro Smart Home Booth at this week’s Vancouver Home + Design Show. “It’s straightforward and efficient. We went from an analog thermostat that was malfunctioning, and now we have one that keeps us warm. It’s as simple as that.”

When you pair the Nest (3rd generation) with the app, you can set schedules and adjust its learning. If we start turning the heat off or down when we go to bed at 10:00pm, it will start adding that scheduled event automatically. Same goes for our Philips Hue lightning system. With a motion sensor (a new, upcoming product) it will turn on some lights when it gets dark outside.

We have Hue lights (and an LED light strip) in our living room, my office, and our bedroom. I was often working straight through the afternoon and John would come home to find me sitting in the dark, tapping away on my keyboard. With Hue — and the accompanying app — we can set schedules and scenes so that “Office” turns on at 5:00pm or at dusk.

hueBetween schedules on the Nest and pre-set scenes on the Hue, our home is getting pretty smart. We’ve named some pre-set scenes on our Hue system to things like “Chill” for the living room so if we’re watching a movie I can just pull up my iPhone, say “Set Chill” and Siri (with Hue) will do the rest.

Philips Hue and Nest are just two of the smart home gadgets and systems you can find at Best Buy this season. Some others that piqued our interest were: Pet Cube where you can Watch, speak to, and play with your pet when you’re away (if only we had a cat!); the Ring WiFi Video Doorbell; and the Nest Cam Indoor or Outdoor WiFi Cam. Check out select products on display in the BC Hydro Smart Home at the Home + Design Show that are eligible for a BC Hydro discount exclusively at Best Buy.

Vancouver Home and Design Show

  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place, Vancouver)
  • When: Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm
    Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00pm to 9:00pm
    Saturday, October, 2016 10:00am to 9:00pm
    Sunday, October 30, 2016 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Tickets: Adults (13+): $16; Seniors (60+): $13; Seniors Friday before 6:00pm only $6 (box office & online); Children 12 and under: Free. Save $3 when you purchase online in advance. You can help support affordable housing in the Lower Mainland by donating $1 to Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver when you purchase your ticket.


Win a Best Buy Gift Card

I have a $100 Best Buy Gift Card to give away so that you can make your house a smart home this season. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow Best Buy Canada on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Update The winner is Brenda Ansley!

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  48. Jeremy says:

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  56. KIM says:

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  81. jack says:

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  99. Ron says:

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  109. Kathy says:

    Proper lighting is important to everyone for optimum vision so with the gift card I would incorporate some of the items you have in your home but a PET Cube would just drive my already unstable cat. bonkers.

  110. dawn gordon says:

    This would be really great for winter nights but still need to watch electricity bill at the same time

    But I still think it’s a safe idea

  111. Joyce S says:

    I would love to win this!!

  112. Linda Richter says:

    Thanks for the useful info Miss604! Clicked on the link, Ring WiFi Video Doorbell, no more missed parcel deliveries at our home now!

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  133. Betty Spry says:

    Liked, shared and commented on Facebook

  134. lori butler says:

    this would be fantastic to control the heat while we are away, we can use all the heating and hydro savings we can get, thank you.

  135. Erin W says:

    This would be so perfect for Christmas, I’d buy the hubs a Nest!

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  139. Michael B says:

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  141. Lisa says:

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  142. tan says:

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  144. Fred Quan says:

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  145. ginette4 says:

    I would love to make my home a smart home..thank you for the chance

  146. Heather says:

    Thank you Rebecca ๐Ÿ™‚

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  148. Silvia D says:

    I sure would love a smart home! thank you for the giveaway!

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  150. CUI YI LIU says:

    Would love to win, Thank you for the chance.

  151. Maria says:

    This would be awesome – thank you for the chance

  152. Lisa G says:

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  153. Jackie M says:

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    Best Buy is obviously the BEST!! Would love to win! Thanks!

  155. Andrea says:

    Wow! Nest sounds amazing. Would love one of those.

  156. GC says:

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  157. Heidi P says:

    What a SMART thermostat
    Thanks for the chance

  158. Rob says:

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  160. my villa says:

    would love to add the Nest to our home. Heard only of good things about this product

  161. Mrs Chantelle Silverquill says:

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  162. Kim says:

    Could definitely put this to good use!

  163. missbobloblaw says:

    Ah! I need a pet cube! ๐Ÿ™‚

  164. Tony says:

    The Nest Cam Would Be Awesome!

  165. Homeownership is so expensive and I’m always looking for ways to save. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    I tweeted ( and commented on your FB post (Sarah De Diego).

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  166. sandy guerra says:

    Need to make my home energy efficient; saving on electricity

  167. sandy guerra says:

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  168. Maritess S says:

    My house is pretty slow in the smart house race but winning this price can start up my quest to a smart home saving me money and energy.

  169. Harvey E says:

    This would be a nice prize to win to start smartening my home up. Might check out the show later tonite!

  170. Mike says:

    DDoS attacks for everyone!

  171. Linda Webster says:

    I love the idea of using an led light strip. Thanks for the chance to win.

  172. Kim M says:

    I could really the gift card.

  173. Neena says:

    Time to smartin up

  174. Linda Svarovsky says:

    Love the pet cube. Thanks for the contest

  175. Ruby says:

    Would love to win!

  176. Gurinder says:

    great contest

  177. Laurie W. says:

    I think this technology for smart thermostats, etc., really can help with energy savings. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    Holiday shopping season coming up…just sayin’. ๐Ÿ™‚

  179. Wally says:

    Please pick me.

  180. Lindsay says:

    This would be great!

  181. tintin says:

    I want Nest Cam

  182. Carol M says:

    Thanks for the awesome info and giveaway.

  183. LC says:

    love it. pick me!

  184. AD says:

    Would love this; it would go towards the purchase of a Nest Thermostat. Thanks!

  185. Nancy says:

    So many possibilities with Best Buy!

  186. Karen Gregg says:

    Nice prize, thanks for the opportunity!

  187. Mandy says:

    The Nest looks really cool and love it’s functions. My hubby’s been wanting one and the $100 gc would totally help get us there.

  188. Seham M says:

    awesome giveaway

  189. Tracy D says:

    I’ve been looking at the Nest for a while, I travel a lot, it would be so great to come home to a warm house!

  190. Tracy D says:

    Liked on Fb, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  191. Linda says:

    There are actually a couple of things that I need to get at Best Buy so getting this would be great.

  192. Heather Arnould says:

    This would greatly help out with Christmas shopping for my nephews. Yay Best Buy.

  193. wondergirl says:

    Thanks for having a great giveaway.

  194. Christelle says:

    Loving the Nest but willing to try more!

  195. Kevin says:

    Could put this to good use

  196. Rebecca Roberts says:

    I would LOVE a NEST Thermostat! Thanks for the chance!

  197. Bailey Dexter says:

    There are a few great products I have on our wish list from Best Buy! Thanks for the review!

  198. Melinda says:

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  199. Melinda says:

    Liked and shared on FB.

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  201. Steven s says:

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  202. Kevin L says:

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  203. Bernadette Estrada says:

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