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What is a smart home?

Take charge of your home

A smart home is where you control your devices from your smartphone or speaker. Using your Wi-Fi, you can turn up the heat, answer the door, dim the lights, and more - wherever you are. What's more, you can manage and monitor energy usage on the go, helping you save on your energy bills.

A house showing different smart devices in each room.

Good for you, good for the planet

Stepped out of the house but forgot to switch off the lights? No worries. A few clicks on your phone, and you're good. With voice and phone control, sensor detectors, and other energy-efficient features, smart devices are helpful in reducing your carbon footprint.

Smart device types

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Our pick of some of the best smart home devices for your home.

Secure my home

Ensure your home is protected, inside and out, with cameras that connect straight to your phone. Get alerts from smart doorbells, or simply keep an eye on the kids or pets.

A girl with grocery pressing the doorbell at the front door.

Smart Security - protecting your home

Keep an eye on your home with cameras that connect straight to your phone. Get alerts with smart doorbells, and answer with your phone so you can tell people you're busy or where to leave the parcel.

Smart cameras are ideal for security or for watching the kids and smart smoke alarms speak to you so you can act quickly, whether it's burnt toast or something more serious. Just download an app and connect the camera and sensors to your home Wi-Fi and smart devices.

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Choosing the right smart speaker

Amazon Echo Pop 2023 Smart Speaker with Alexa - Black.

The heart of smart

Here’s why owning smart speakers is a smart choice:

  • You get your very own voice - activated home assistant. Whatever you need, all you have to do is ask. You can request your favourite track to listen to, arrange your calendar, order your shopping and so much more.  
  • Control your smart home hands free - say "lights off" and they're off, ask for more heat and it warms up. Your smart home is yours to command.
  • Get reminder alerts - from birthdays to scheduled calls, your smart assistant will ensure you never miss any important updates.
  • Get your questions answered – 'Is there any Italian restaurant near me?' 'Is it likely to rain today?' Your smart speaker will help you out.

What is Amazon Echo?

A hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, ask questions and much more. Just ask Alexa to control your compatible smart devices, such as lights, switches, thermostats.

To set up your Echo you'll need a free Amazon account and internet connection.

What is Google Home?

A voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant designed to simplify your everyday life. Google Home is compatible with Android and iOS operating systems, and can control compatible smart devices.

To set up your Google Home you'll need a Google account and internet connection.

Amazon Echo Show 8 smart display with Alexa.

Amazon Echo Show

  • Check-in on your house while you're away or enjoy video calls with a built-in camera that automatically pans, zooms, and frames.
  • Ask Alexa to play whatever you like. An 8 inch HD touchscreen, adaptive color, and stereo speakers let you watch your favourite games, movies, and more in high quality.
  • Protect your privacy with the Mic/Camera Off button and built-in camera cover.

Amazon Echo Dot 5th Gen Smart Speaker With Clock & Alexa.

Amazon Echo Dot

  • If you don't need a screen or camera, you can go for a smart speaker that's only voice-controlled. 
  • From checking scores to weather updates to news- Amazon Echo Dot makes your life easy.
  • Dim the lights. Create a to-do list. Or set reminders. You can control multiple devices with a single command.

Google Nest Hub Max smart display.

Google Nest Hub Max

  •  Multitasking while being on a video call? The in-built camera of this smart speaker auto-focuses on you even as you move.
  • From entertainment to reminders to news updates - ask Google whatever info you need.
  • Compatible with hundreds of other smart devices, you can control lights, thermostat settings, the security camera at the front door, and more.

Control my lighting

Switch on to smart lighting

Left a light on downstairs? Grab your phone and switch it off. Fancy watching a film? Dim the lights without standing up. Set up a daily or weekly routine to switch the lights on or off. All the control at your fingertips. Also, since majority of smart lighting is LED, it's more energy efficient than traditional lighting. So you end up saving more on your power bills too.

Introducing Philips Wiz

Upgrade to a smarter way of life with Philips Wiz. It easily connects to your Wi-Fi and gives you total control of the lights, even while you're away. The best part? The Wiz app lets you monitor your energy consumption on your smartphone. Really handy to keep your power bills in check.

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Save money on heating

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Smart Heating - never come home to the cold

What is Smart Heating?
With smart heating you can adjust the heat from anywhere, get reminders if you've left the heat on, or use GPS to turn it off automatically when you leave. All you have to do is replace your old thermostat.

How does Smart Heating help you save money?
Smart devices help heat your home evenly throughout, so you should be able to set your thermostat lower which can save you money. Also you can easily delay the thermostat coming on if you're late home so you don't end up heating an empty house.

The rest of my home

Smart plug in power socket.

Smart plugs

Forgot to turn something off? With a smart plug you can use your phone to turn any appliance on or off wherever you are. Going away? Set a schedule to turn lights on and off so it looks like you're still at home. There's no expensive cables, all you need is Wi-Fi set up at home.

Person using tablet to control Smart washing machine.

Smart appliances

Kitchen control - straight from your phone. Adjust the temperature of your fridge or cooker wherever you are. See what food is in your fridge without having to open the door. Let the dishwasher and washing machine choose the perfect program so everything comes out spotless.

House cat eating from digital feeder.

Pet tech

Use monitoring systems to watch and communicate with your pet wherever you are. Keep out fluffy intruders with microchip pet flaps and digital feeders programmed to only open for your pets. And with connected pet flaps, lock and unlock the flap using your phone.

Stay connected

Energy efficient appliances.

Energy saving tips

Find top tips and advice to conserve electricity and save big on your power bills.

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Networking guide

Discover how to make the most of your internet. Covering all the techy stuff from modems to routers and much more.

A man using a smart TV.

Smart TV guide

It's not just about buying the latest TV. Discover all the ways you can make your TV smarter.

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Technology advice and articles

It's easy to get tangled in tech jargon so we've loaded our pages with helpful tech advice and inspiration.

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