Smart Home Technology Roundup: January
Somehow, we’re already a month into 2020. Here’s January’s smart home tech roundup, with voice assistants, carbon grid factors, and top tips for reducing energy usage in the home.
How voice assistants saved the smart home
How often do you speak to your smart assistant? Once a day? More? Never? Chances are, the number of conversations or requests has been rising, as recent research showed that 70% of Brits engage with their voice assistants every single day (albeit often for basic tasks such as checking the weather). The number of household actions that smart assistants can carry out on your behalf is continuing to grow, ranging from switching off lights right up to more complex tasks such as ordering online shopping. But has this ease-of-use come at the expense of automation (which is where tasks happen automatically rather than you having to ask for them)? Do you have routines set up in your home or do you prefer to make requests as and when? This long read from David Priest over at Cnet explores the topic further.
Sustainability of electricity continues to improve
Heating our homes is the biggest source of emissions in the UK, making up almost a third of the overall total (even beating sources such as transport, which accounts for just under a quarter of all emissions). However, thanks to efforts made by the energy industry to move towards a carbon-neutral position for energy supply, the impact on the environment has improved over the past few years. Thanks to sources such as solar power and air source heat pumps and efficient ways of heating the home such as infrared heaters, the grid carbon factor of electricity has continued to improve, meaning it is now the most environmentally friendly way of heating your home. And in many cases it’s likely to be cheaper, too!
Top tips for saving energy in the home
On the subject of saving the planet and saving money, check out this blog post from our friends at Project Solar, containing six top tips for reducing your energy usage in the home. From not leaving things on standby, to swapping out your old lightbulbs for new LED ones or making sure your double glazing and insulation are tip top, following the advice in this article could save you hundreds of pounds every year on your household bills – and help you make sure you’re doing your bit in moving towards a carbon-neutral world.
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