How ‘Smart’ are Scotland’s Cities?
Smart home devices are rapidly changing our homes, but which cities in the UK prefer these tech products?
Smart devices are increasingly changing life at home for millions of people across the UK – and the rest of the world.
More than 12 million people in the UK now own some form of smart technology, meaning that owning these devices is almost as common as owning a pet. For this trend, in particular, the only direction is upward – with spending on smart devices predicted to increase over the coming years.
While homes are becoming more connected, so too are our cities and streets. However, some cities across the UK fair better than others. New research by E.ON reveals which cities in the UK own the highest number of smart home devices.
So which of the UK’s major cities are the ‘smartest’?
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The survey investigates which smart home products are the most popular in the UK from a consumer perspective, however, it gives us a detailed insight into the differing trends and favoured products at a regional and national level.
Out of a list of 19 cities across the UK, Liverpool is ranked top, with 80% of households owning at least one smart home device. London ranks second with 79% while Sheffield ranks third.
Ranked in fourth place, Edinburgh is both one of the smartest cities in the UK and the top-ranked city in Scotland at 74%.
Glasgow is ranked in 9th place while Aberdeen came in at 17th, meaning three Scottish cities featured in the league table. When comparing these to the UK, however, the statistics show that Scottish consumers are increasingly adopting smart technology in their homes.
At a national level, the average ownership of smart televisions stands at 40% of households, while 36% of households in Aberdeen and Edinburgh own similar products.
A greater number of Glasgow households own smart meters compared to the UK average, with 28% of consumers seeking greater control of their fuel consumption.
For Bluetooth speakers and voice assistant products, Glasgow once again trumps the national average. Nearly one-quarter of households (23%) own Bluetooth speakers compared to the national average of 20% while 15% of Glaswegians prefer a voice assistant in their home.
Conversely, Aberdonians may not be so keen on Alexa’s influence in their home. Fewer than 1% of homes in the Granite City own a voice assistant device, compared to the national average of 13%.
The purpose which smart tech serves for households differs greatly on a regional level. In London, 28% of homes use smart tech to monitor their fitness, whereas in Manchester more than half (52%) use it to monitor spending.
In Glasgow, 37% of households use smart technology to monitor data use, compared to a national average of 25%.
Gillian Baker, director of Smart Field Operations at E.ON, said that, despite regional trends, there are clear benefits to having a smart home.
“Smart technology is helping people in their everyday lives – from monitoring health to managing money – and is rapidly being adopted across the UK,” she said. “Despite regional differences in how we use smart technology, we can all agree that there are often many benefits to having a smart home.”
Baker added: “Many smart technologies have tangible benefits; for example, smart meters can help people save time because they don’t have to take and submit their own gas and electricity meter readings stay while also helping ensure people receive accurate energy bills.”