What do you think of when you’re trying to picture what a smart lifestyle could look like? For a lot of people, smart is synonymous with the future. If you believe in the Internet of Things, you might picture a future where every single aspect of your life is digitally organised and interconnected. If an early appointment gets postponed, then the smart clock adjusts so that you can sleep longer. The car sets itself to your preferred temperatures before you even get in to drive to work. By 2020, the IoT is planned to have taken over most of the urban and western areas. However, is this all it takes to build a smart lifestyle?
Functionality and elegance
You don’t need a lot of gadgets and technology to create a smart living space in your home. If you think of each room in terms of functionality for your family, you can soon identify areas of improvements to transform your home sweet home into a smart, sweet home. For a start, the function of your home is to provide a protective nest for your family. In other words, your rooms need to place the family as a priority. Shared spaces, such as the living room and the kitchen can be arranged with practical furniture in a cosy decor to help your family to relax together.
Organisation and preparation
There’s no denying that things could go wrong from time to time. That’s precisely why it pays off to be well organised. Don’t just think about home and car insurance. Think further. You can store the numbers of the emergency services that you are likely to need on your phone, from locksmiths services when you accidentally lock yourself out to a trustworthy local garage. Knowing who to call for help is already half the solution!
Click and ready gadgets
Admittedly; there is one thing the Internet of Things has gotten right: everybody relies on gadgets and digital technology. There’s no reason why smart tech couldn’t fit perfectly in your family home. A great example is the voice control platform from Amazon Alexa, which can sort out your orders and even take over home maintenance. Amazon Echo, the new Alexa, is coming to the UK in the next future and it’s already full of promises! Smart thermostats have already found a place in modern households so that you can control your energy consumption with a click. And you can already find a doorbell gadget that sends a video to your smartphone. In short, the future is now; don’t miss it.
But smart also means intelligent. In a world where gas emissions and resource consumption endanger the planet, using eco-friendly appliances is a smart move. You can already find eco kettles and chargers to reduce your energy consumption dramatically. Changing your light bulbs for environmentally-friendly alternatives is a simple gesture too, but it can have a significant impact on the planet.
A smart lifestyle is the happy mixture of green and organised family-focused lifestyle and digital gadgets. Being smart is, after all, looking after the interests of everyone: yours, your family, and the planet.