A new study just released by British Gas suggests that by 2030 we will have considerably more gadgets in our homes and that some of them will help UK homeowners save millions of pounds off our energy bills.
The report was put together with the help of The Future Foundation and it suggests the following:
- By 2030 we can expect to have 51 gadgets in our home, compared to 35 just now.
- By this year the appliances we use at home will use up 40% less energy.
- The use of remote control on our home technology could help cut down on the amount of energy we waste by 19%. This would include systems which allow us to turn off lights, heating and security devices from a smartphone.
- We can also expect to use bio-metric sensors to control the temperature at home and split screen TVs which combine social networks with our favourite shows by the time 2030 arrives. Other new gadgets could be robotic lawnmowers, remote alarm systems and iris scanners for controlled entry to the property.
You Can Already Control Your Heating Remotely
A product which we don’t have to wait until 2030 for is called Remote Control Heating. This is from British Gas and allows you to regulate your property’s temperature remotely from an app on your smartphone or tablet.
The fact that technology like this is expected to become far more commonplace over the next few years means that we can waste les energy in heating and lighting homes which are lying empty for hours on end. In fact, the study revealed that across the UK there are 2.5 million properties left empty but with their lights on, while 2.2 million of us leave on the television when we go out.
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