How smart is your home?

How smart is your home?

The ways we stay connected to each other have become more and more sophisticated in recent years. Apps like Whatsapp and Skype have ensured that we can keep in touch with loved ones no matter how far away they are. The same connected revolution is happening in the home as our everyday appliances get increasingly intelligent.

Whilst robots we can talk to for help and thermostats that learn from our usage habits may seem like something from science fiction, they are now science fact. But which ones are worth using and what does the future hold for connected home devices?

Smart meter with in-home display (IHD)

There’s a reason millions of homes across the UK are making the switch to smarter energy. They eliminate the need to send manual meter reads and improve the accuracy of your bills.

Always wondered how much energy you use on a daily basis? Fire up your in-home display to see your energy usage in pounds and pence. Greater control, convenience and visibility over your usage all in one upgrade.

Want to upgrade? Register your interest in one today.


A thermostat that learns from your behaviour and programs itself depending on your heating preferences. Is 25 degrees the perfect temperature for your home? Nest will have it ready for you when you return. No need to worry about leaving the heating on when you’re out either. Thanks to its built-in sensors, Nest knows when no one is in and will turn itself down.

The newest generation of Nest Thermostats can even connect to hot water controls. Ensuring that you wake up to a hot shower every morning.

Ready to make your heating smarter? Find out more about Nest.

Amazon Echo

The ultimate personal assistant. The Echo is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can even help you with your daily workout.

As well as being an oracle of information The Echo can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system.

Want to know more about Amazon’s groundbreaking virtual assistant? Find out more here.

Get online and stay connected

The key to staying connected is a stable and fast internet connection. With more and more devices relying on being online to get the best out of them, strong home broadband has never been more important. First Utility Broadband offers a range of plans that start from only £18.99. All unlimited and with no price rises when your contract ends. Browse the range of options now.

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