• Smart toilets that monitor for signs of illness and emotion detection speakers to boost moods will be the norm by 2050
  • An energy on-demand type offering will allow customers to choose between hydrogen, solar or wind power via an app
  • Experts at energyhelpline.com predicted how smart home technology will impact our energy bills.

Over the next thirty years, our homes will become greener and smarter with Brits expected to splash out on gadgets like holographic TVs and smart windows by 2050, according to the experts at energyhelpline.com.

Smart toilets that monitor for signs of illness, speaker systems with emotion detection technology, and fridges that recommend meals based on dietary requirements or available ingredients will all be the norm.

House of 2050

As the internet of things changes the way our electronic devices interact with each other, experts at the switching service predict our energy bills will also adapt to give us a greater understanding of how we use our electricity.

Each item will collect data on its individual energy usage and be sent to the bill payer at the end of every month. With greater transparency over energy usage, households will be able to make more informed decisions about how to reduce energy consumption and save on their bills. 

An energy on-demand type of communication will also allow consumers to select the energy source used to power their homes, meaning households will be able to change their energy mix with just a couple of taps on an app.

Energy bill of the future

With a choice of hydrogen, wind, solar, or nuclear, homeowners could have the option to switch between a combination of sources depending on the season, for instance opting for solar power during the summer months when supply is at its highest and, in theory, cheapest.

Smart and connected home

As we move towards a future of greater control, energy experts at energyhelpline.com have predicted how this smart home technology will impact our energy bills, including how much the average Brit can expect to pay on their home technology items in 2050. 

An electric vehicle will be a staple in the garage of the future and based on today’s Tesla Model 3 will cost the average owner £369.20 per year in electricity. With the average UK driver currently spending £1,041.81 on petrol per year, car owners in 2050 will make a significant saving.

Home item Average annual costTotal annual usage
(kWh)
Electric car
smart charging that finds the cheapest time to charge
£3692147
Holographic TV
transforms the room into an immersive cinema experience
£143835
Smart speaker system
emotion detection technology to boost your mood 
£136793
Connected fridge
recommends meals based on dietary requirements or available ingredients 
£104606
Air conditioning unit
self-regulating temperature control and pollution alert 
£76446
Smart video system
a Zoom plugin to support remote working 
£39223
Smart toilet
monitors for signs of illness
£36212
Robot vacuum cleaner
also looks after and remembers to feed pets
£9.5756
Robot lawn mower
preserves the soil structure using AI and machine learning
£8.2648
Connected 3D printer
Amazon plugin technology, instantly have your order built  
£4.9529
Source: energyhelpline.com

More extreme weather in the UK due to climate change will also make a smart air conditioning unit an essential item in the British home by 2050, with experts calculating an expected average cost of £76.64 per year in electricity.

Yet, with smart energy storing devices that find the cheapest time to source electricity then store it for future use, households of the future could even open their energy bill to find that they’ve made money by selling electricity back to the grid. 

Tashema Jackson, energy expert at energyhelpline.com, comments: “Change can be exciting but nerve-wracking. The move away from traditional energy sources such as gas may leave many worried about the impact on their wallets.

“The power to choose your energy source on-demand will not only provide greater control but also help reduce costs by spreading the supply across multiple sources; it’s a move that will not only benefit households financially but is better for the planet.

“But you don’t have to wait for the future to take control. With the recent price cap news, those currently on a standard variable tariff can expect to see their bills increase by £139. But locking in a long-term fixed deal today – especially one that is green – will protect you from sudden price increases, as well as reducing your carbon footprint.”