Smart Home Gadgets
There is no doubt about it, this is a golden age for gadget lovers, with the Internet of Things bringing technology that would have looked like science fiction just a few years ago, into our everyday homes and lives. As well as being a huge amount of fun and adding convenience, there are many that can actually save us money too.
So if you are the sort of person who loves to buy the latest smart home gadgets, but meet resistance and accusations that you are wasting money, here are some top purchases that make sense from every perspective.
Smart AC Systems
The UK climate means that we are not huge buyers of air conditioners, so some of the innovations that are big news in other parts of the world have a tendency to pass us by. However, the latest window units are inexpensive and pack a real punch when it comes to smart technology, so perhaps this summer is the time to finally treat yourself.
When the Quirky Aros system came out a couple of years ago, it was groundbreaking in its use of smart technology to gather information relating to your schedule, budget, usage and location and to balance all this information to maintain an optimum room temperature, while maximising your savings. Now, other manufacturers have brought out similar products in the sub £150 range, all of which can be controlled and monitored from your phone.
If you are still using incandescent bulbs, what on earth is the matter with you? LED lights look better and use far less electricity. Best of all for the labour saving tech lover, though, they last at least 20 times longer than conventional bulbs, meaning the days of clambering about on chairs to change a bulb can be more or less consigned to the pages of 20th century history.
A Smart Thermostat
Talking about air conditioners is well and good, but we all know that it is in the winter months that costs can really escalate. Think now about what technology can do to help. You have probably already been on to Emo Oil to fill your tank up at summer prices, so now is also the time to think about a smart thermostat to help make sure it lasts as long as possible.
The latest systems feature remote operation and auto-scheduling functions, meaning that you hardly have to touch them. And best of all, they can integrate with Siri or Alexa to add that real Star Trek touch to your home.
Smart Sprinkler Systems
But summer has barely arrived, so before we have to worry too much about the heating system, we have to get through the annual “sprinkler ban” season. It might cause a sigh and accusations of needless authoritarian interference, but they do have a point – the average sprinkler uses more than 500 litres of water per hour.
A smart system here will earn you kudos from an environmental as well as a financial standpoint, potentially saving you 50 percent on your water bill. Operated from your smartphone (of course!), the system can access local weather forecasts to schedule and adjust your watering times accordingly.
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