Why you should rethink your smoke alarms and security when renovating

Planning renovations is the perfect opportunity to use today’s smart home technology to help keep your family safe and secure – and protect your new investment


Why you should rethink your smoke alarms and security when renovating

Bright, open spaces, interior styling, new outdoor areas… planning renovations is an exciting process. It’s also a good time to consider how you’ll use technology to make your home safer and more convenient.

Meridian Energy wants to make smart home technology accessible to New Zealand families for a future of smart, thoughtful homes that take care of the people inside them. That’s why they’ve teamed up with with leading smart home brand Nest to offer easy-to-install products that protect you and your family. With a little preparation, you can easily integrate Nest smoke alarms and security cameras into your plans.

Smoke alarms 

Renovations change the layout of your home, and where you’ll place your smoke alarms. So take a moment to identify where new alarms should be. You’ll need one for each bedroom and on every level of your home. Aim to install alarms in the living room and the kitchen.


Gone are the days of waving a tea towel at a shrieking smoke alarm when you’ve only singed the popcorn. The new generation of alarms can think, speak and alert your phone – if the kids wake in the night, the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm will even light your way.

Nest Protect works by looking for fast-burning fires, smouldering fires and carbon monoxide. It then tells you where the danger is in a calm, friendly voice, and send an alert to your phone* via the Nest app in case you’re not home.

You won’t need to replace the batteries regularly or be woken by chirping smoke alarms at night either, the Nest Protect’s industrial-grade smoke sensor tests itself automatically and lasts for up to 10 years.


Security cameras

Start by walking around your home to indentify the entry points a burglar might use. It’s ideal to place one camera at the front door – and it should be clearly visible. After all, letting potential burglars know there’s surveillance operating acts as a deterrent. It’s also great if you have packages delivered, you’ll know whether the delivery was made.

Nest indoor cameras can also be used as a freestanding device – pick it up and plug it into a power point around the house according to your needs or to experiment with the best placement.

And because Nest cameras have the ability to tell the difference between a person and a thing, you won’t receive a notification* if the wind blows leaves across the doorstep.


Sign up to Meridian

If you’re new to Meridian, sign up today and get a free Nest Protect worth $219.† If you’re already a Meridian customer, you’ll receive 20% discount‡ off Nest products in the Meridian online shop.

*Mobile alerts require working internet and Wi-Fi. †Valid until February 28, 2018. ‡Discount code valid until February 28, 2018. For full terms and conditions, visit

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