When it comes to innovation and sustainability, we don’t just mean creating grand infrastructures or developing new areas of industry. It is, in part, up to us to manage the virtuous interplay of these two factors efficiently and effectively in order to generate healthy growth and development through home automation and other technologies.
In a smart home, we are able to remotely monitor and manage energy consumption and home security, and now it is something that is available to us all. It all starts with the complex world of the Internet of Things, which has evolved rapidly in recent years and is now able to make our lives easier in many ways. Today, in Italy alone, there are 10 million connected objects in the Internet of Things, and this number is increasing at a rate of 30% each year.
There are a lot more “things” than we might think, and they cover all aspects of our daily lives, ranging from smart meters in direct communication with the power station and the black boxes in our cars, which show us how we are driving and help us save money on insurance, to home alarms and smart stoplights with sensors used to monitor traffic.
Within this rapidly evolving landscape, there is also e-goodlife, an Enel solution for the monitoring and management of home appliances and energy consumption via smartphones and tablets. It is of great use in home management, but also in handling a number of daily tasks, from online shopping to the remote management of household appliances. It features a practical mobile app and a kit of products to remotely control a variety of aspects of home life. One of the enabling factors of this solution is the openness of both the technologies and the commercial approach, which mean that Enel GoodLife can be used in any Italian home, regardless of the energy provider used.
Of course, in the latest environmentally friendly homes, this type of solution is even more effective, particularly when photovoltaic systems are connected and their output can be managed when it exceeds the needs of the given household.
We are witnessing a sort of genetic mutation in home management. A recent study by Immobiliare.it has shown that 24% of all real estate sold in Italy will be energy efficient by 2025, and 52% of Italian homes will be energetically adequate. The study also noted that energy efficiency, connectivity and home automation will be among the most important factors affecting home-buying decisions in 2025.