- Consumers may be able to decide whether their homes have wind or solar power through an app
- Energy providers will also be able to segment home usage by device
- From robot vacuum cleaners to smart toilets, we reveal other up-and-coming smart tech improvements—and how much it will cost you to use them
Consumers can use an app to select the energy source they will use to power their homes in the near future – allowing them to save money by switching their electricity for different seasons.
According to experts at the Energy Helpline, which is being dubbed the ‘Energy on Demand’ service, households will be able to change their energy mix with just a tap or two.
It’s just one of a host of smart home features that homes across the country could soon be using.
In the near future, consumers will be able to see how much energy they use
According to its latest report, energy bills will also become more advanced, with providers collecting data on each household’s energy use before telling the bill payer how they are using energy and how they can save money.
‘Internet of things’ technology is set to grow substantially over the next few years, with electronic devices interacting more and more with each other – and there are many more ways that can affect our homes.
One of the main ways the Internet of Things is changing for consumers is how they receive and understand their energy bills.
Experts predict that the bills will be conducive to giving consumers a better idea of how to use electricity.
For example, Bills may soon be able to detail how much they have used on each device.
The Energy Helpline said this will allow households to make more informed decisions about reducing energy consumption and save on their bills.
Another way to change energy bills is by giving consumers the ability to choose the source of their energy through an app.
With the option of hydrogen, wind, solar or nuclear, homeowners may have the option of switching between a combination of sources depending on the season.
For example, homes may opt for solar power during the summer months when supplies are at their highest and theoretically cheapest.
And with smart energy-storage devices that find the cheapest time to source electricity, then store it for future use, homes of the future may even shell out their energy bills to find that they’ve used electricity. Earned money by selling it back to the grid.
Even more extreme weather in the UK due to climate change will make a smart air conditioning unit an essential item in a British home by 2050.
Experts have said it would cost an average of £76.64 per year to run.
Experts say smart home technology is likely to improve significantly in the next few years
Tashema Jackson, energy expert at Energy Helpline, said: ‘Change can be exciting but also nerve-wracking.
‘The move away from traditional energy sources such as gas may make many concerned about the impact on their wallets.
‘The power to choose your energy source on-demand will not only provide greater control but will also help reduce costs by spreading the supply across multiple sources, a move that will not only financially benefit households but the planet. would be better.
‘But you don’t have to wait to control the future. With the recent price range news, those who are currently on a standard convertible tariff can expect to see their bills rise by £139.
‘Locking in a long-term fixed deal today – especially one that’s green – will protect you from sudden price increases, as well as reduce your carbon footprint.’
|household item||average annual cost||Total Annual Use (KW)|
|Electric Car – Smart Charging that takes the cheapest time to charge||£369||2147|
|Holographic TV – turns the room into an exciting cinema experience||£143||835|
|Smart Speaker System – Emotion detection technology to improve your mood||£136||793|
|Connected Fridge – Recommends meals based on dietary needs or available ingredients||£104||606|
|Air Conditioning Unit – Self-Regulating Temperature Control and Pollution Alert||£76||446|
|Smart Video System – Zoom plugin to support remote working||£39||223|
|Smart toilet – monitors symptoms of illness||£36||212|
|Robot Vacuum Cleaner – Takes care of pets and remembers to feed them||£9.57||56|
|Robot lawn mower – preserves soil structure using AI and machine learning||£8.26||48|
|Connected 3D Printer – Create your order instantly, with Amazon plugin technology||£4.95||29|
|Source: Energy Helpline|
Improving smart home technology
Energy isn’t the only area it’ll get to thanks to improvements in smart home technology.
Experts at Energy Helpline predict that consumers are expected to invest in gadgets such as holographic TVs and smart windows by 2050.
Other new gadgets include smart toilets that monitor for signs of illness and speaker systems with emotion detection technology.
Toilets with total annual usage of 212kWh will cost £36 per year to run, while speakers will set users back £136 with usage lasting up to 793kWh.
However, electric cars, which are already proving popular in the UK, will cost the most, at £369 per year, based on today’s Tesla Model 3, as they are predicted to use 2,147kWh per year .
With the average UK driver currently spending £1,041.81 on petrol per year, car owners will make a significant savings in 2050.
Other smart gadgets include fridges that recommend meals based on dietary requirements or available ingredients, and holographic TVs that turn rooms into an immersive cinema experience.
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