Home automation does not have to be a super expensive project. It is true that there are many smart home components that cost a lot of money. But you can start small and in an affordable fashion with products like the airfy Beacon. This system lets you make your home smarter using beacons. It combines with Phillips HUE, NEST, TV, and other things. You can use IFTTT to perform complex automation tasks. You can get it on Kickstarter.