From video doorbells to sustainable accessories, read about the tech that could give you a safer, easier home life
Gone are the days of good-for-nothing gadgets and pointless bluetoothing, these days companies are wising up to the types of technology people really need at home.
Smart tech has become ever more available in recent years and cheaper to buy as a result, however, as Jason Orme, from The Real Homes Show, says of ‘smart kettles’: “Does this type of technology really benefit people’s lifestyles and wellbeing?” The trend is now showing signs of reversing, as people buy into technology that offers tangible benefits, and this is likely to make homeowners invest more in their homes.
Knowing who’s at the door before you answer it is truly the stuff of dreams. A video doorbell allows you to keep tabs on who’s on your doorstep even while you’re away, and it’s an especially attractive investment as the evenings get darker. They’re also an excellent way for you to remotely help an elderly relative stay safe in their own home without imposing on them.
As global temperatures rise and climate emergencies are declared around the world, it’s more important than ever for us to save as much energy as we can. Installing a smart thermostat means you can control heating remotely simply with your phone, perfect for all those times you forget to to turn it off before leaving the house. The device even ‘learns’ your behaviour so as time goes on, the less tweaking you have to do.
“By 2020, solar could be cost-competitive with gas and no longer need any kind of government support,” Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association, says. Currently, those living in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland can claim government-backed feed-in tariff payments after installing solar panels and thereafter save between £85-£220 per year on electricity bills. ‘Smart’ functions include switching off sections of panels that are in shade and storing energy collected for when it’s needed most, to reduce your bills as much as possible.