The latest gadgets for your home

(By Kathy East)
How things have changed ... New technology forms part of our daily lives and although confusing one initially, it just makes our lives so much easier.
We have a natural fear of change and tend to be sceptical of new trends and considering the innovative technology we need to learn regularly, it could be seen as interfering and possibly even act as a barrier. However, once we embrace and then benefit from these wonderful innovative and novel concepts, we move forward wondering how we ever got on without them.
Such is it also in our homes. Imagine not having a washing machine, oven, microwave, geyser, coffee-maker, kettle and such other gadgets or equipment.  A perishing thought!
This validates a brand new trend in buyers seeking homes with built-in cost-saving features and they are prepared to pay a premium, knowing that their new home is equipped with modern appliances, which will ensure a cost reduction to their expenses on a month to month basis.
As Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa noted, “With the current trend of increased interest rates, the general rise in cost of living, any long-term cost saving is a certain lure to informed property buyers.”
Property owners are advised to consider the options available in such devices and implement changes which would financially benefit them immediately, and should their home go on the market, it will be all the more attractive and assure them of a quick sale. Our highly skilled property sales advisors will advise you on the value-add to your home which you are selling, or if you are a purchaser, what the true value of this home will add to your property portfolio.
Imagine selling a home where you could tell home buyers the following: You won’t need to change the light bulbs in this home for more than 20 years!
Some exciting lighting options available now and in the near future are:

- Wi-Fi-connected, long-lasting LED bulbs which are breaking ground in the lighting industry.
- Many new lighting products have recently been launched on the international stage and for those who like to be ahead of the game, consider these options:
- From Philips – the Hue smart bulb
- Belkin’s WeMo Smart LED Bulb
- Lumen Smart Bulb
For a family, smart bulbs offer many security benefits.  The obvious one: No longer having to worry about going home early to make sure the lights are on. The lighting can all be controlled remotely by your Smartphones.
When you put your property on the market, smart bulbs may allow you to create that perfect lighting mood for viewing appointments. With just a press of an app on your device, the home could be presented in its best light.  This could be a wow factor in creating the right ambiance for a buyer.
For the techno geek, it is a fascinating thought to consider what the future holds in making our homes more connected. 
As quoted by Melissa Dittmann Tracey, of REALTOR® Magazine “Smart-home technologies are growing, with everything from the ability to remotely control a home’s lights and temperature to sending text messages to appliances or monitoring a home’s security and energy consumption from a Smartphone. Several technology companies are showing off gadgets for the connected home during the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.”
To see Tracey’s comments on the future of lighting, and a range of smart home technologies featured at this year’s CES, read her article on manufacturers believing that smart bulbs could also pave the way for a fully connected home from your Smartphone — one that encompasses all your appliances and home’s systems, not just your lights usage and how it changes over time.
After all the rain experienced in the Cape Peninsula and Gauteng, an item which is the most desired would surely be a specialist laundry dryer.  The company Spindel offers one that:

- Uses spin power instead of heat
- Removes up to 80% of the rinse water that’s left in your clothes after a washing cycle
- Uses 100 times less electricity than a tumble dryer
- Each cycle takes just 3-4 minutes
- Offers a load capacity of 4.5kg

These can be sourced at Spindel Suppliers.
Save up to 20% on your monthly electricity bill - Efergy Elite Classic Energy Monitor.
The monitor is simple to install and easy to use. A mini CT sensor is clipped on to the live feed of your breaker panel. A lead from the sensor and a mains adaptor are plugged into the energy transmitter, which then wirelessly sends real time data to the energy monitor. The monitor converts the data and displays the demand in kilowatts of energy being consumed at any given time. The Elite Classic updates every 6 seconds, to display how much energy is consumed in real time and how much it will cost if the ‘energy now’ load is maintained for a period of one day. Also it displays your average energy usage per day, week and month and with the built-in memory function it is easy to track your energy

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