Having your home connected to the internet and controlled remotely, was once a thing of imagination, only ever seen in movies. But now, it’s easier than ever to bring smart tech into your home, not only to make the homeowners life easier but to also be more energy efficient in some cases. FastSaleHomes.co.uk analysed the latest findings from Ernst & Young, who surveyed 2,500 UK households to identify which smart home devices/appliances they plan to definitely own in five years’ time.
Smart home devices/appliances which can be remotely managed and monitored over Wi-Fi by smartphones and tablets, have revolutionised the way people live. Fundamentally, providing them with a greater level of control and convenience when dealing with important aspects of the home such as temperature, lighting and security.
The rise and development of smart home technology has been nothing short of extraordinary. In fact, 57% of Brits now have at least one smart product in their home environment, per recent statistics from Smart Home Week. When it comes to consumer demand, an astonishing £10.8 billion is set to be spent on smart home devices/appliances by the end of this year (2019), according to projections by auditing giants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
It comes as no surprise as home assistants came top of the list with 41% of people expecting to own one within five years. It’s everywhere, Amazon are leading the way with Alexa, with Google assistant and Siri not far behind. Joint at the top of the list is smart heating controls. With the increase in gas & electricity prices, people are more conscious about energy prices and also the effect energy generation has on our planet. As a result, smart controls have made it easier to control our heating, reducing costs and usage.
At the bottom of the list are smart appliances, ovens, fridges & washing machines. The oven and washing machine I understand but the fridge, I dont think people are looking at the bigger picture. In my mind, products will have specific locations within the fridge and once it’s used, the fridge will automatically add it to a shopping list or purchase it for you. Think of the big picture!
Other notable mentions include smart lights, which are up the top, smart security which is more affordable than ever and also smart locks, which worry the hell out of me. Not gaining access to your home due to a dead battery or fault product, is not a future I want to be part of.
Moving onto a rather worrying stat, to me anyway, is that 37% percent of people would purchase smart products from their broadband provider. BROADBAND PROVIDER, why? I am aware of some providers offering some smart tech but high street chains, Amazon or other online retailers offer a much better selection, at usually a lower price. It’s key to shop around.