Research reveals the increasing popularity of smart home tech

Smart home appliances have seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years, with devices such as smart meters receiving over 2,338 Google searches (UK) in the last 12 months.

The online smartphone retailer, e2save has delved into the ownership of smart home tech in the UK2, revealing which devices are most popular.

With an increasing focus on energy efficiency, it’s notable that smart energy meters are the number one appliance in the country, with the data showing an increase in ownership from 14% in 2018 to 17% in 2019*.

Other popular smart home appliances are smart washing machines/tumble dryers with a 16% ownership, fridge/freezers (16%) and microwaves (15%).

In light of the research, e2save can reveal the top ten most commonly owned smart home tech:

1.     Smart meter (17%)

2.     Washing machine/dryer (16%)

3.     Fridge/freezer (16%)

4.     Microwave (15%)

5.     Kettle (15%)

6.     Vacuum cleaner (15%)

7.     Oven (14%)

8.     Thermostat (13%)

9.     Hob (11%)

10.  Speaker - e.g. Amazon Dot, Google Home etc (10%)Smart home technology being used in a kitchen

Joe Linnington, Mobile Expert at e2save comments: “Smart appliances are a great way to increase energy efficiency at home, which is good news for both your wallet and the environment. Additionally, most devices can be controlled remotely through apps on your smartphone or tablet, giving the user flexibility for how and when they can use their appliances.”

With these benefits in mind, e2save offers four tips on the best ways to help your home get smarter:

Ease yourself into it - Smart tech can be great, but there’s no need to go full Jetsons right away! If you have a smartphone, try out the digital assistants like Siri or Google Now by using voice commands to play some music, set an alarm, or text a friend. That way, you can get a taste of the technology without even having to buy anything.

Decide on your ecosystem - Google, Amazon and Apple, among many others, all over smart home capabilities, so make sure you check your devices are compatible. For example, if you have an Apple phone and computer, it would make sense to make sure your smart devices will work with apple’s Home app. 

Start with the essentials - A smart speaker is a great entry point into smart tech, as they allow you to give commands from anywhere in the room. Popular examples are Amazon’s Echo, Apple’s HomePod and the Google Home device, all of which have versions at different price points and with different abilities, so shop around for which one is right for your home.

Don’t go overboard - While some of the devices and capabilities might seem fun, remember that smart tech is all about making your life easier, so stick to items that you’ll actually need. The technology has some amazing applications above just playing music and turning on lights. 

Joe Linnington, also says: “The future of smart tech is very exciting and it’s great to see how many people have already embraced smart devices to make their home and work life a breeze. 

“We believe that smart home appliances carry major benefits, both environmentally, and to make savings over the long term. We can’t wait to see where smart tech takes us and who knows, maybe soon we’ll all have robots in our homes.”

 

May 22, 2019

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