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The role of electrical contractors in the smart home

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The role of electrical contractors in the smart home

One of the most significant changes across the world has been the rise of connected technology, especially in the residential sector. In the UK today, over 29 million households use some form of smart technology. With consumers able to integrate heating, lighting and entertainment within a single management system, the idea of a fully ‘smart’ home is within reach.


However, while the list of integrated solutions grows, some electrical contractors remain hesitant to adapt to the changing demands.


Embracing new technology


For some electricians, new products are daunting. The scope of the technology can seem intimidating, and many don’t believe they have the expertise or knowledge to implement such projects. Consumers too feel out of their depth with the prospect of smart solutions, perceiving them as an unnecessary investment which is complex and prone to faults.


There is no doubt that installing the new technology requires specialist skills. Training programmes are needed to help electrical contractors understand the new components and future potential of home automation. The positive news is that these courses exist and are being created to cause minimal disruption to a normal working schedule.


Schneider Electric’s Wiser Approved Installer training programme is one such solution. Electricians will learn about the features and benefits of the Wiser smart heating system, as well as how to install and configure it. By completing this type of training, electricians will be able to achieve efficient installations, effectively demonstrate value to customers, and give customers confidence in their ‘approved’ abilities.


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We all have a reluctance to shell out for products we don’t understand. This is where electricians play a crucial role, educating homeowners and changing attitudes. Once the benefits of smart solutions are clear, electricians will have more success in winning smart project work. Electricians must invest in the latest digital technologies now to lay the foundation for a new business future.


Curbing energy use and reducing bills


When adopting smart home technology, electricians play a key role in not only installing the products but also in showcasing the benefits they can bring. These include providing convenience, reducing energy usage and ultimately cutting bills – while also meeting aesthetic requirements.


Individuals are now becoming more aware of how smart home technology can not only help them in their everyday lives but also transform the future of our planet. Smart home solutions can provide a range of opportunities to reduce energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions. With our electrical use at home increasing, implementing smart systems is a good move for the environment as they merge energy efficient appliances with real-time access to energy usage data. This allows consumers to manage their personal energy use, which is key to cutting carbon footprint.


A key element that allows smart technologies to function is the relationship between grid operators, utilities and the individual. Smart controls at home can be set up to respond to signals from energy providers, such as minimising energy use at times when the power grid is under stress from high demand. Taking small steps to implement smart technology is set to increase sustainability in the long run.


The future is ‘smart’


Electrical contractors must use the rise of smart homes to their advantage. The opportunities to sell, install and maintain the products are long lasting and consumers and contractors alike will see the advantages of starting to adopt smart home technology now. Education and training is vital to ensure that products are installed correctly and homeowners can reap the benefits now and into the future.


To start your journey as a Wiser Approved Installer, complete the CPD-approved training course - you will then receive a certificate and information on how to access your benefits, including a logo to use for branding.