Technology that can can turn our homes into ‘smart homes’

20th August 2015

This month I am looking at the ‘smart home’ – will having a connected home make consumers more efficient?

We pay bills via direct debit or after receiving a letter in the post, but do we actually understand what we are paying for or what we use around the home?

More and more of us are using technology in our everyday lives but could technology in the home allow us to better understand what we’re using and be more energy efficient?

I have various devices around my home, from Nest, used to control heating or alert me to carbon monoxide or smoke being detected, to WeMo, which allows me to control my lights and switch off devices via my iPhone.

With many retailers now stocking smart home technology systems as standard, and the introduction of Apple HomeKit, this is to become the norm within the home.

It’s easy to see these tools as gimmicks, used for fiddling with the lights.

However, they can make a real difference to our lives.

Using home tech, we’re now able to fully understand our appliances and the energy that goes into powering them.

It’s easy to see how much energy is used to light a room for the evening, or how much we spend on heating the water for a shower.

Home technology is no gimmick – it can save us money and make us more energy efficient.

App of the month: Moodnotes Price – £2.99

The amazing folk at ustwo have done it again, Moodnotes is a journaling app for iOS users to track their mood, develop healthier thinking habits and improve their wellbeing. Grounded in well-established psychological research, it combines cognitive behavioural therapy with positive psychology.

Gadget of the Month: Amazon ECHO Price – $179.99 from Amazon

Similar to Apple’s Siri, Echo is a personal assistant for the home. Powered by voice commands, you speak to ‘Alexa’ to ask for the time, set a timer, play music, or pretty much anything else.