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Homeowners say smart home tech important, yet few have adopted it

May 23, 2022  By  Anthony Capkun

May 23, 2022 – 73% of Canadian homeowners have seen an increase in their electrical bills in the past year, and most are interested in further integrating energy monitoring systems (71%) and smart switches (63%) into their homes to help combat that rise.

These statistics come from Schneider Electric, which surveyed a sample of 1523 Canadian homeowners across the country last fall.

“Beyond cost savings, smart home technology […] gives Canadian homeowners incredible visibility into their energy usage which, in turn, gives them increased control over their energy consumption, while offering an effortless way to reduce their personal carbon footprint,” said David O’Reilly, Schneider Electric Canada.

Homes and buildings continue to be a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, says Schneider Electric: after considering the electricity used for heating, cooling, lighting and appliances, they account for 18% of national GHG emissions.

“Our study found 9 in 10 (89%) Canadian homeowners say it’s important to have energy-efficient appliances or devices when buying, building, or renovating a home,” O’Reilly added. However, the study finds that while 79% of homeowners are familiar with smart home solutions, less than 1 in 5 (17%) households have currently adopted and integrated the technology.

“Encouraging further adoption of smart home technology will not only help households reduce their individual carbon emissions, but also encourage them to reimagine what it means to live sustainably,” O’Reilly continued. “With 3 in 5 homeowners agreeing that adopting smart home technology is ‘the right thing to do’ for the environment, Canadians continue to recognize the importance of reducing energy consumption and lessening their environmental impact wherever possible.”

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