How Home-Tech Can Save You Money
Your home is probably the biggest investment that you will ever make in your life, and it isn’t just a one-off. You have to keep up with all the maintenance costs and energy bills… not to mention the weekly shop. Because of this, homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to save money on the necessaries.
There are a few ways that you can do this: you can phone up your service providers and try to haggle them down on price, or you can shop around for the best deal every few months. But there’s also a new way to cut down those costs, and it can be done without having to deal with any pushy sales-reps.
Technology is changing the way that we live our lives, and just about everything we own is starting to become more connected. Everything from your phone to your fridge can be connected to the internet now, and once you’ve got control over that processing power, you can change the way you use energy.
Your energy bills are an unavoidable charge that you have to pay every single month, and unless you want to be cold in the winter, what you pay is at the discretion of the energy companies that supply you with your gas, water, and electricity.
Your heating usage is one of the hardest things to control. Because of the structure of most houses and the way that your heating works, they take a while to warm up and not very long to cool down. It’s difficult to keep heat in, and even then there needs to be a continual source of heat in the room.
Smart-thermostats will connect to your heating system and give you full control over the way that it works. They connect to a smartphone app and deliver live reports about your heating usage, providing recommendations for small changes that will have a big impact on your monthly bills. You can programme a thermostat to turn your heating on at key times, keeping costs to a minimal.
The smart-thermostat is also an essential element in alternative heating solutions. Infrared heaters, for example, are less wasteful than the typical convection unit due to the way that they radiate heat, and on top of that you can use your smart-thermostat to make your heater perform at optimal efficiency.
The weekly shop can be expensive – especially when you’re feeding a family, and buying food in advance can often result in wastage it feels like you’re throwing money away. Certain items have to be used by certain dates before they have to be put in the bin, and others just go to waste because you can’t find uses for them. The food waste of the average household is continuing to increase, costing each family roughly £700 per year.
New fridges are being developed to monitor the amount of food that you have left and, from there, to suggest potential recipes that you can make with what you have left. Not only can technology save you money on your weekly shop but it could also help you whip up some new tasty meals in the process.
When your home is kitted out with all these smart-gadgets, you’re going to want to make sure that it’s safe. Smart-security is the latest element of the home to be integrated into the smart-product range. It used to be a case of hooking up an intruder alarm and, if tripped, you’d then have to make the choice between confronting the intruder or hoping they went away.
Smart-security is becoming an integrated way to keep your home safe: think along the lines of cameras that link to your smartphone with sensitive person-detectors, and tamper-free intruder alarms with internal and external sirens plus a direct panic alarm that alerts the police. These systems might not save you money on your monthly bills, but they can save your possessions in the event of a break-in.
Cut Down Your Costs with a Bit of Tech
Home-tech has potential to bring your monthly costs down and save you cash in the long run. As the smart-tech revolution continues, more elements of the home are being incorporated into the smart-home model, meaning small investments could help you save on all elements of your monthly spending. Take a look at our smart-home range to see how you can spend less.