Electrical Contracting News (ECN) November 2016 - Page 55

HOME AUTOMATION & INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS Smart controls can help your customers to feel financially comfortable because of the energy savings they provide. SPECIAL FEATURE SMART MADE SIMPLE Simon May from Drayton discusses the benefits of smart thermostats – including energy reductions and increased homeowner comfort – and explains why a simple wireless system is the smartest solution. H ome automation is no longer a thing of the future. It’s becoming more commonplace as homeowner awareness of smart technologies increases, and systems become more affordable. Recent research shows 57 per cent of UK consumers are now aware of what a ‘smart’ or ‘connected’ home is, so it’s vital that electricians are not getting left behind with the smart home revolution. When it comes to smart home installations, smart energy is the number one driver – ahead of smart security, entertainment, convenience and health. Sales of Internet of Things (IoT) heating devices have also grown by 3,000 per cent since 2010, with volumes set to rise 40 per cent in 2016. So there is the opportunity for electrical contractors to give their business a boost by being knowledgeable about smart heating technologies and recommending upgrades to customers. Smart benefits In order to effectively persuade customers that may not be so savvy when it comes to smart systems, electricians should make sure they know how products work, and be able to communicate the benefits to the homeowner. November 2016 | 55 55-56 HA&IB – Drayton.indd 55 13/10/2016 13:29