Michael Santoro speaks to the Daily Herald

Restore's General Manager, Michael Santoro speaks to the Daily Herald.

Energy efficiency and sustainability have indeed transcended the realm of buzzwords to become foundational principles in the design and operation of modern homes and businesses. This seismic shift towards greener living and working spaces is not just a reflection of environmental consciousness but also an acknowledgment of the long-term cost savings and efficiency gains that sustainable practices offer. As we stand on the cusp of a significant transformation, the adoption of smart home technology illustrates a pivotal stride in our quest for sustainability. Initially, the allure of commanding devices like Alexa to control lighting seemed like a novelty, yet it marked the beginning of a broader acceptance of technology as a means to conserve energy.

The evolution of smart homes, from simple voice-activated commands to comprehensive systems that manage energy use, signifies a new era in home automation. These technologies not only promise convenience but also aim to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of residential spaces. The move away from gas-powered systems towards smart, electricity-driven solutions is a testament to the growing preference for renewable over fossil fuels. This transition is particularly pertinent in urban areas such as Chicago, where the density of the population and the architectural diversity of homes present unique challenges and opportunities for sustainable living.

For companies like Restore Construction, operating in the Chicago area, the integration of energy-efficient technologies is not just a service upgrade; it’s a necessity. The demand for properties that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally responsible is rising. Homeowners are increasingly informed about the benefits of energy efficiency and are seeking solutions that align with their values. Therefore, property restoration companies must stay ahead of the curve, adopting the latest advancements in smart home technology and sustainable practices. This commitment not only meets the needs of modern homeowners but also contributes to the collective effort in combating climate change, marking a significant step forward in the journey towards a more sustainable future.

Read Michael’s full article in the Daily Herald.

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About Michael Santoro

Michael is currently the General Manager at Restore Construction, Inc. He joined Restore in 2005 and has held various positions within the company. Over his 18 years with Restore, Michael has played an integral role in over 2,500 large loss claims. He graduated from Northern University of Illinois in 2004 with a BA in Economics. After college, in 2005 he was drafted and played baseball with the San Francisco Giants. Michael resides in River Forest with his wife, Julie and their three children. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.

Photo credit: American Restoration Operations, LLC.


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