From speech-recognition fridges, to thermostats that can see cold snaps coming from afar, smart home products have gone from novelty items for tech lovers, to household essentials that many of us are now using in our day-to-day lives.
One industry that's started to see some incredible benefits with the rise of smart home tech is the energy industry, with smart-tech devices enabling households to manage their energy usage like never before, while also allowing users to become more efficient with their time #winning
Designed to regulate the temperature of your home via an app, the nest works by learning your heating and cooling habits. Nest thermostats also use your postcode to predict the weather, allowing them to intuitively make your home cooler or warmer based on changing conditions.
The Nest Thermostat app breaks information down into simple segments so you can study heating and cooling patterns and find ways to save power. The device can be connected to your smartphone or home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo.
smart LED light bulbs
Whether you’re away on vacation or simply too far from a light switch, smart home lighting systems are a great way to control your smart home.
Aside from remote access and the extra security they can bring to your home, you can tweak the intensity of the lights to set the mood in any rooms, or program lights to turn on and off at a scheduled time - a neat trick to save time and reduce your energy consumption.
Although there a Smart Bulbs on the market that cost well over $200, you can purchase less expensive options that still have great feature sets.
For a low cost alternative, Sengleds Range of Smart LED Bulbs which are Wi-Fi compatible, start from just $20 and can be paired with your Amazon Echo or Google Home.
Smart plugs are power-point adaptors that sit between power sockets and the plug of the appliance you're plugging in. They are considered smart because they allow you to remotely control the lighting and electrical sockets in your home via a mobile app.
Some of the mid-to-high range smart plugs, go a step further by tracking how much energy your appliances use, while also giving you the option to schedule and automate your home lighting from anywhere in the world.
Smart meters and energy-efficient houses go hand in hand. Unlike old-style clock face or metric meters, smart meters record your electricity usage in real-time. Your energy data then gets sent straight to your electrical service provider (that's us) - this means you no longer have to wait for someone from your electricity retailer to come and manually read your meter, or rely on estimated energy bills.
Smart meters also include an in-home display so you’re able to monitor and better understand your household energy consumption. This is a great way to not only monitor how much electricity you're using but allows you to change your habits, to lower future electricity costs.
Is there anything more heartbreaking than going to snack on a bowl of cereal only to realise your milk has expired? Leave those dark days behind by upgrading your kitchen with a smart fridge. Smart fridges come in all shapes and sizes, with features that are so sophisticated they’re almost scary.
Samsung’s Family Hub fridge comes with a massive touch screen, camera and automatic food expiration reminders, while the LG Instaview ThinQ uses artificial intelligence to suggest recipes based on the items stocked in your fridge.
This is just a small taste of how smart home technology can make your life easier and if you’re going to invest in making your home smarter, you might as well make sure you’re getting a good deal when it comes to the electricity plan that powers your home.
If you need a gentle reminder, our electricity plans include great value rates, no confusing discounts or lock-in contracts and the convenience of monthly billing to help you avoid bill-shock #amazinglysimple