Smart homes are on the rise.
As smart home technology becomes more advanced – and more affordable, it’s time to start thinking about how you can benefit from it too.
According to a recent survey by PwC, an estimated £10.8bn will be spent on smart home devices in 2019, with 30 per cent of people planning to purchase a smart home device within the next two years.
Want to kit out your home with the latest technology but don’t have much to spend? Here CashLady looks at how to create a smart home on a shoestring budget.
What does a ‘smart home’ mean for you?
Smart home devices are everywhere – from fridges with an app for your phone to coffee makers connected to the cloud.
But what do you want from your smart home?
If you’re on a budget then it’s important to think about your priorities– perhaps it’s a super smart sound system, voice assistant or a responsive home that can be lit and heated with the touch of a button on your phone.
Creating a smart home on a budget
The great thing about creating a smart home is that it doesn’t need to be expensive.
Check out our selection of low priced gadgets that allow you to kit out your house and get connected for less.
Smart home heating on a shoestring
Smart home heating is one of the most practical and popular options among clever internet-connected devices.
Allowing you to control your heating on the go, smart thermostats are convenient and can help control energy bills to keep costs down.
Typically costing anywhere between £150 and £280, professional installation, will also usually add around £50 to £100.
Hive (part of British Gas,) around £250
Offers multizone, hot water control, geolocation, temperature notifications, weather forecasts, frost protection and holiday mode.
Hive also gives you historical information on temperatures inside and outside your home.
Nest (part of Google,) around £280
Learns your heating habits, offers multizone, provides hot water control, geolocation, frost protection and super useful holiday mode.
Nest also says it can help you save on heating costs, showing a green leaf symbol when you adjust your thermostat to a more energy-efficient temperature.
Tado, around £200
Offers multizone, hot water control, geolocation, open window detection, weather forecasts, frost protection and holiday mode.
Tado also gives you estimated savings from using its thermostat, which is based on the number of hours you’d be heating your home without it.
Smart home lighting that’s also light on your pocket
If you fancy a smart home lighting system on a budget, then the main player is Philips but IKEA has a budget offering too.
Philips Hue Smart Lighting System, around £50 for hub plus hue lamps from £25-£50
One of the more widely supported options is the Philips Hue system. This ties in with the Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple Homekit.
It requires a ‘hub’ that links the wireless control of your lights to your smartphone or tablet.
IKEA TRÅDFRI, around £50 for system
The IKEA range is compatible with Philips Hue and the cheapest smart home lighting system currently on the market.
It doesn’t need a smartphone to work, offering a wireless remote instead. If you want a smartphone connection, then buy the Smart Gateway for just £25.
Smart home audio on a budget
Smart home audio means multi-room sound systems, connected to your phone and your music stream systems – seamlessly providing your favourite music in every room.
Sonos One, around £199
The original smart home audio company, Sonos offer lots of wireless speaker options and is seen as offering the best sound quality.
It’s most recent addition is the Sonos One, which is voice activated, links to Alexa voice assistant and can play all your favourite streaming services and podcasts.
Google Home, around £129
Another reasonably priced way to start creating your smart home, the Google Home is one of the best voice assistants and audio systems that you can get.
It also links to Google Chrome on your TV, allowing you to watch Netflix and other streaming services using voice activation.