Could your everyday routine be revolutionised by Smart Home Technology? Think how streamlined life would become if you could program your household appliances just by pressing a few buttons on your phone!
Smart Homes may just be a perfect solution for busy people who spend most of their time at the office. Or they could be a huge benefit if you simply like to enjoy the ultimate in household convenience. Whatever your angle, smart technology can save you both time and money. Here are six of the best devices on the market today:
1. The Water Pebble
You don’t have to spend thousands on a Smart Device – although some appliances can be luxuriously expensive. For around $10, a Water Pebble can save a heap of money on your bills.
This little device sits at the bottom of the shower and encourages you to save energy by spending less time under the water. It memorizes the length of the first shower you take after its been installed and then encourages you to enjoy shorter washes from that point.
A Red light on the pebble means you’ve been in too long, Amber is just about right. Get out while the light is still Green and … well done! You’re cutting down on water usage and doing your bit for the planet.
2. Philips Hue
There are many choices when it comes to Smart Lighting but Hue from Philips is arguably the most versatile of the lot. First, there’s the security element to the product – program Hue to switch itself off at set intervals or just carry this out at random from your smartphone to give the impression that your property is occupied.
Secondly, Hue functions as an alternative alarm clock. In the morning, it slowly grows in brightness without the shock that comes from an audible alarm. At night, you can reverse that process as you drift off to sleep.
3. Samsung Smart Fridge
A fridge is surely a fridge? Plug it in, stick some food in and forget about it! So how can Smart Technology help you when it comes to the seemingly straightforward task of chilling your perishables?
This is so much more than just a fridge. Its digital display at the top of the external door helps you set alarms and reminders – just as you might do using a system of sticky notes and magnets, only this way it’s much tidier!
Secondly, cooling food is a complex process: Some items such as fresh meat need a different temperature than vegetables, for example. With the Samsung Smart you can program differing levels for separate sections within the interior, keeping food in perfect condition for as long as possible.
4. Nest Learning Thermostat
The majority of Smart appliances promise to make your life easier but few claim to save as much money on your household bills as this intelligent thermostat. It’s called a “learning stat” because over time it monitors your heating and cooling requirements and copies them without you ever having to lift a finger.
It can maintain an optimum temperature too and keep the house running at that level so it never gets too hot. In turn, this is where the saving comes in. Nest claims you can cut your heating bills by around 20% a year – a considerable sum in a climate of climbing energy prices.
5. Light Occupancy Sensors
In comparison with wasted heating, the cost of leaving a light bulb burning in an unattended room is minimal but that cost can still add up over the course of a year. As a result, there are a number of light occupancy sensors on the market that start at a few bucks and rise to over the $100 mark in some cases.
As the title suggests, the light switches on when you enter a room and goes off again when you depart. It’s the ultimate in convenience for the lazy ones among us, and probably takes that element a little too far, but a sensor can be a useful energy saving device which will pay for itself in the long run.
While there are all sorts of digital house alarms, access and monitoring solutions available today, the vast majority of us require a key to enter or secure our homes, whether they are smart or not. Proximo combines a smartphone app with a fob on your keys to alert you before you leave either one behind. You’ll never be left on your doorstep searching for your house key, and it gives even the most modest home a slice of smart home technology.
Have you considered installing Smart Appliances in your home?