'Tis the season for giving – so why not give the gift of smart tech? Here's a round up of all the amazing smart home tech that's out there which would make great Christmas presents for friends and family. These energy-saving gifts will help people save on bills and use less energy.
Plug them into smarter living
For those new to smart home tech, the easiest place to start is smart plugs. These give you the ability to control the device connected to the smart plug from your smartphone. Left straighteners or the iron on? Not to worry – you don't need to waste energy anymore with a smart plug. You simply turn off the device from your phone.
Light up their world
Smart lights are fantastic if you want to save energy but they can also do so much more. Philips Hues starter kit is a great introduction – you can control your lights from an app, choose from a huge variety of colours, sync them with your music and even use them as a visual reminder. Who thought home lighting could be so fun?!
Or why not add strip lighting to your kitchen cupboards or highlight a feature wall? Philips Hue Lightstrip has a huge range of colours and can add that extra excitement to a room.
Voice control at home
Want to switch on the lights, turn up the heating, check your energy bill, or need help with a recipe? Ask Alexa from one of Amazon's devices! It's amazing how many ways an Amazon Echo can be used in the home. From trivia questions to controlling the home – all with just your voice.
Know a budding garden enthusiast or long-time horticulturalist? Even gardens can get the smart treatment! From helping to cut down on water waste, to managing plants while you're away and smart lawn mowers, there's a whole host of gifts out there.
Saving energy using the sun
Know someone who's keen to be green on the go? Why not get them a solar gadget? So they can power their devices with just the sun! We're talking solar backpacks, phone chargers and even speakers!
Best way to save on energy bills? Monitor your heating. With a smart thermostat you can control the temperature of your home from wherever you are and personalise your schedule. And with a smart meter you can see your energy usage.
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