Now that it’s September (we know, how quick has 2019 gone?!), it won’t be long before the days begin to get cooler and eventually the heating goes on in your home. But it’s easy to lose track of how much energy you’re actually using on a day-to-day basis.
So how can you take a hold on your energy usage, even from your mobile phone? Introducing the smart home. According to the Department of Trade Industry, a smart home is ‘a house that contains a communication network that connects different appliances and allows them to be remotely controlled, monitored and accessed.’
If you ever had to leave for work in a hurry and forgot to turn the heating off or even fancied having the kettle boiled for you as you walk through the door on your way home, this is perfect for you.
A survey conducted by Smart Home Week found that 43% of Brits now have at least one smart product in their home and 49% of consumers are familiar with the features and benefits of smart home products according Ernst & Young.
In another survey, Sellhousefast.uk found that the lounge is the room which the majority (72%) of homeowner’s think is most ideal for smart technology. Next is the kitchen with 53%, and then bedrooms with only 34%. The survey also found the smart technology devices/products that UK homeowners would be interested in buying/installing within the next one to two years.
It was revealed that video doorbells/security systems is the smart technology that most appeals to Brits, with 47% planning to purchase either one or both within the next two years. Just slightly below, 45 per cent of Brits who want to install smart lights over the next couple of years.
So are they worth it? There’s a definite benefit to being able to track what you’re spending every day on gas and electric and the ease of being able to control your home remotely. With the number of smart homes expected to almost double by 2023, why not start by enquiring with your energy supplier about a smart meter and see if you’re eligible.