JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Earlier today, First Coast News cameras got an inside look at HGTV 2013 Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach.

Smart home technology allows the resident to connect home appliances to a portable device.

The technology allows residents to monitor energy use and control things like heat, air-conditioning, lights and security.

One lucky family will be able to win this HGTV smart home by entering its online contest.

"This monitor that shows real time energy monitoring in the house. This monitor that has security screens all around the house," said Jack Thomasson, HGTV smart technology planner.

The home officially opens on April 24th. Money made from tours there will go to a local charity.