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You only have to look back over a decade or so to see how much technology has evolved and developed. From face recognition on your mobile phone to self-driving cars, the luxuries we have now would have been unimaginable only a number of years ago. As well as technological devices having a huge impact on our lives, as individuals we’re becoming more aware of how we can all play our part in reducing our carbon footprint and creating a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Over recent years, homeowners have been looking at different ways in which they can make changes around their home to create an eco-friendly environment and save money at the same time. With brands now seeing this opportunity as a gap in the market, it makes you wonder how our future homes may look like and what appliances they will be equipped with. With this in mind, below are a few areas which you may become familiar with in years to come.

Eco-friendly appliances

Nowadays there are an abundance of appliances that have been created with the sole aim of reducing the amount of gas and electricity you use in the home. One feature which is growing in popularity, is the use of solar panels. Although they can have an array of benefits, we could see more homes taking further steps and installing similar eco-friendly appliances.

In some ways a boiler is seen as one of the main cogs which keeps the house operating; but they require a large amount of gas and oil to function. One way homes of the future could reduce the amount emissions a boiler uses, is to install an air source heat pump instead. The big difference between a pump like this and a boiler is that the pump relies on electricity and natural, renewable energy; meaning it will go a long way in reducing the amount of emissions your home is producing.

Homes for a growing population

As technology and medicine advances, it means the population is living longer, so homes need to be created to accommodate the needs of older people. One thing a lot of people experience in later life are issues with mobility, so it could be the case that ‘lifetime homes’ are created. These types of buildings may include level access throughout the home, meaning older people who aren’t as stable will be able to carry out everyday tasks as easily as possible.

Creating homes for the ageing population will mean that older people can feel safe and secure within their homes and won’t have to rely on family and carers as much, if health problems and mobility issues do occur.

There’s no way of knowing how our homes of the future will look, but these predictions give you an indication as to what we may be able to expect. With homeowners more aware than ever as to the importance of reducing the amount of emissions they produce, it’s interesting to see what appliances we may have to aid this in years to come.

Catherine Pearson