Interesting new research conducted by E.ON has found that 73% are adopting advanced technology into their homes. Many are now looking to offload more traditional furnishings in favour of smart hubs and solar panels.
When quizzed on which everyday items are becoming outcast as a result of smarter technology, 52% said CD/DVD stands, 48% said photo albums, 34% bookshelves and 26% cables and wires.
The survey asked 2,000 homeowners on their attitudes towards smart solutions available today and those coming in the future. 34% responded by stating that they plan to make their properties smarter by making alterations.
However, 27% said that they were yet to adopt to any smart technologies in their homes, with 21% saying that they are not comfortable working with these advances.
Those who have already embraced technological upgrades cited a number of reasons for doing so. 59% wanted to save money and 55% cited becoming more energy efficient.
48% of respondents simply said that they wanted their lives to be easier, with 38% stating saving time as their main reason. 17% just wanted the latest gadget, 13% wanted their home to be more fun and 6% wanted better-looking technology.
Landlords will be interested to learn of the most popular technologies that respondents called for in the near future.
When asked on what smart technologies they would like to see in their homes by the year 2020, 44% said they wished for solar panels and 35% asked for smart lighting. 20% called for a voice controlled smart hub and 13% a charging point for an electric car.
In terms of solar panels, 17% wrongly suggested that these panels only generate electricity when it is sunny, with 11% wrongly believing that they do not work in colder climates.
41% said that having a solar panel and battering system would make a property more appealing if they were looking to buy or rent.
Gavin Stokes, Head of Commercial Solutions at E.ON UK, noted: ‘It’s really heartening that three quarters of households have already taken steps to make their homes smarter. But with a quarter of people saying they’re yet to take steps to make their homes more solutions-savvy, there’s still much we can do to help people realise the benefits a smarter lifestyle can bring. For example, we recently launched E.ON Solar and Storage – a solar and battery solution that’s available now for the four in ten people questioned who said they’d like to have this type of technology by 2020.’
‘Many of the people we spoke to are already aware of the benefits solar and battery systems can bring – from saving money, to having a more energy efficient home, to making homes more appealing to buyers. We’re committed to bringing smarter solutions to market for our customers and we’d welcome anyone who’s interested in finding out more about E.ON Solar and Storage to visit our website and find out more and get detailed, personalised information for their home and their needs,’ Mr Stokes added.