@starrynight - That sounds neat. I'm going to check and see if my electric company has that. I would love to save a few dollars on my electric bill during the summer. Every little bit helps!
Anyway, when I was in college I lived somewhere that had an automated security system. There were cameras in certain areas and you had to have a card to even get in the front door.
I believe the heating an the air conditioning were automated as well. It was an on-campus apartment, so you paid a flat rate for a room in a four bedroom apartment. Everything was included, but you didn't control your own heat or air conditioning.