When Amazon Echo introduced Alexa to the world in 2014, its release marked a surge in the consumption of smart home devices. Since then, technology has come far beyond the scope of smart speakers.
In 2022, smart home technology is at an all-time high. According to a Consumer Technology Association Study, nearly 70% of U.S. households own at least one form of smart home tech. Allowing you to manage your household lighting, temperature, appliances, and security from the comfort of your couch, or while you’re far from home, it’s easy to see the appeal of smart home devices.
Saving time, money, and energy, smart home technology can improve the efficiency of your home and the way you manage it. Whether you’re carrying out a full home renovation or simply want to add some convenience, here are some examples of how smart home devices can save you money and time.
It sounds basic, but everyone forgets to turn out a light before leaving a room every now and then. Smart Lighting eradicates this problem as sensors track your movement as you pass, turning lights on or off as appropriate. This helps you to save on your electricity bill with a large variety of mechanics such as timers, color-changing, automatic dimming, and more. There’s an option for everyone. Easy to install, you can control smart lighting from your phone or a home assistant like Alexa or Google Home.
Another way to save on energy costs is to switch to a smart thermostat, which could save you an average of 31% on heating costs. Learning thermostats can adapt to your schedule and adjust the temperature accordingly. Thermostats with Wi-Fi functionality allow you to control the temperature from anywhere, ideal for saving energy or coming home to a pre-heated house. Smart heating is clever, but ensuring that your home is properly insulated means turning the heating on less and for shorter periods.
One way to do this is to get cavity wall insulation installed, which fills in the small gap between the two layers in these types of walls. If you have an older home, you might have solid external walls rather than cavity walls, which do not have this gap. This means that they lose heat more quickly than cavity walls, so solid wall insulation adds insulation to the outer surface of the external wall. This type of insulation is more expensive than cavity wall insulation but can provide a large saving on heating bills.
Insulating small areas can also go a long way in keeping your home warm and draft-free. Small gaps and even cracks can let in cold air and worse, moisture. Too much moisture will eat away at your walls and can lead to dampness. You could purchase traditional insulating rolls and slabs to block the area, but there is a more effective way. Most hardware and DIY stores now stock solutions such as insulating spray foams which can easily fill in small areas.
These methods (as well as keeping the curtains up if you have radiators!), allow you to save energy whilst keeping your home warm and draft-free in Winter.
If you’re planning a garden renovation, an in-ground irrigation system might be just what you need, especially if you find yourself forgetting to water the plants. These systems connect to smart sprinklers such as the Rachio 3, which tracks soil and air conditions to water your grass and plants when needed, saving on water and time.
These are just some examples of how smart technology can make a difference to your home (and energy bill!), but there are numerous options out there to suit every lifestyle, budget, and preference. If you’re thinking about renovating, upgrading to smart tech could make a world of difference to the efficiency and comfort of your home.