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You can now use Google Home to control Belkin and Honeywell devices

You can now use Google Home to control Belkin and Honeywell devices

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Google Home is slowly adding more partners.At launch, you could use the voice-activated speaker to control connected devices from Philips Hue, Nest, and Samsung Smart Things. You could also control services like Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and... >>

Honeywell Lyric T6 smart thermostat will make your home toasty warm when you’re on your way home

Honeywell Lyric T6 smart thermostat will make your home toasty warm when you’re on your way home

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Honeywell has launched the Lyric T6, the latest in its range of connected thermostats, joining the evohome and and Single Zone. The new model has Apple HomeKit integration meaning you can control it using your voice and Siri, or through Apple’s Home... >>

11 reasons to upgrade your doorbell

11 reasons to upgrade your doorbell

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When was the last time you found a "we tried to deliver" card on your door mat, but you were home? With more and more of us opting to have things delivered to our home, it can be challenging to not only make sure we are are in, but that we also hear... >>

How to make your home smart right now

How to make your home smart right now

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Smarthomes were once associated with the rich and famous. The kind of houses you only saw in your dreams or TV programmes like Cribs. That's no longer the case.There are hundreds of devices available these days that not only make a smarthome possible,... >>

How to make your basement smart

How to make your basement smart

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Downstairs, in the basement, can be a great place to escape to. Your den can be full of fun, from a great TV to video games to the newest entertainment kid on the block - virtual reality.The latter needs some space and perhaps the basement is the best... >>

10 reasons the Honeywell Lyric Security and Home Control System is amazing

10 reasons the Honeywell Lyric Security and Home Control System is amazing

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Many of us lead busy and sometimes stressful lives, rushing about here, there and everywhere trying to get things done. It is hard enough to fit everything in and keep everything ticking along smoothly, without having to worry about things such as your... >>

How to make your bedroom smart

How to make your bedroom smart

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It's the bedroom, right? So do you need tech there, beyond an alarm clock? Well, sure you do.You'll be sleeping there so you can benefit from gadgets that really show you how well you're sleeping, or not. They can even help you get to sleep, and then... >>

Tips for saving money on your energy bill this summer (and the rest of the year)

Tips for saving money on your energy bill this summer (and the rest of the year)

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Keeping energy bills as low as possible is an all-year-round job.Sure, you don't need the heating on in the sultry days of summer, but then that ramps up the AC costs instead. Or maybe the nights are still a little chilly even in summer where you are?Follow... >>

How to make your yard smart

How to make your yard smart

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Ah, the joy of the yard. Sitting outside watching a movie in the summer is appealing enough, as is the idea of sitting in the car for your own private drive-in cinema.Smart tech can also ensure your lawn is watered and mowed with no intervention from... >>

Best intelligent thermostats available to buy now

Best intelligent thermostats available to buy now

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Intelligent heating systems are no longer something you find in the homes of the rich and famous, or those a step ahead of the curve.Over the last couple of years smart thermostats have really come into their own and there are now numerous options available,... >>

How to make your bathroom smart

How to make your bathroom smart

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So there you are, standing in front of the bathroom mirror, brushing your teeth absent-mindedly and pondering the meaning of life. But with a small change you could make your bathroom smarter.You could weigh yourself, wash yourself or even brush your... >>

Honeywell Lyric ecosystem: What is it and what does it work with?

Honeywell Lyric ecosystem: What is it and what does it work with?

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With so many smart home platforms, ecosystems and products available, the terminology can get confusing, especially as many require an investment of time, money, and brainpower.It's not all complicated though. Honeywell's Lyric system, for instance,... >>

How to make your family room smart

How to make your family room smart

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Here you are: the family room. Kick back and relax. This is where you can watch TV, listen to music and more. Maybe it's not the home cinema system you've yearned for, with projection room and seating in rows, but you can make it a brilliant den with... >>

Why you need a water leak detector

Why you need a water leak detector

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For many of us, our homes are our pride and joy. It doesn't matter what size home you have, whether you own it or rent it, or if it's super clean or super messy. It's home and that means many of us will want to do everything we can to protect it to ensure... >>

How to make your kitchen smart

How to make your kitchen smart

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The kitchen is transformed by smartness, whether it's a gadget or home appliance you can control from anywhere in the world, or a kitchen scale or steak grill that's more accurate than previous versions.Some smart kitchen gadgets incorporate recipe apps... >>

What is Demand Response, and how it can save you money?

What is Demand Response, and how it can save you money?

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Everybody likes to save money, especially when it comes to bills, and being smarter with your energy could save you hundreds of dollars a year.In the US, a program called Demand Response will help ensure you're being as energy efficient as possible.Here's... >>

The smarthome journey so far

The smarthome journey so far

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The term smarthome has become increasingly common, no longer a phrase we associate with the future, instead become something of the now.The evolution of the smarthome hasn't happened overnight however. It has been a long road to bring us to the present... >>

Honeywell Water Leak and Freeze Detector explained

Honeywell Water Leak and Freeze Detector explained

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Small issues can develop into major problems if they aren't dealt quickly. Spilling red wine on a cream carpet for example, isn't something you want to leave unattended for too long. While in this case it wouldn't be catastrophic if you did, aside from... >>

Worried about the floods? Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector hopes to save your stuff

Worried about the floods? Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector hopes to save your stuff

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Honeywell has launched a Wi-Fi enabled leak and freeze detector that can notify you via your smartphone if it detects water in the room it is installed.The seemingly boring looking white box can work on its own without any bigger smarthome system (like... >>

Which Honeywell heating system is best for you? Evohome vs Voice Controlled vs Single Zone Thermostat

Which Honeywell heating system is best for you? Evohome vs Voice Controlled vs Single Zone Thermostat

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Honeywell is a company with its fingers in several pies, one of which is smart heating. There are several systems available on the market that will make turning your heating on or off and make scheduling it much easier, whether you pick Honeywell, or... >>

How to make your home smart for under £1500

How to make your home smart for under £1500

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Connected homes are fast becoming the thing to have as more and more devices appear hoping to make your home life easier, simpler and smarter. There is everything from appliances to heating, lighting and other gadgets available, all of which can be remotely... >>

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

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The smarthome is no longer the subject of dreams - it is very much the here and now. There are numerous products and devices out there that will turn your house into a clever one, from smartphone-controlled lights to heating and cameras.But what is it... >>

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

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A smarthome can be made up of all sorts of wonderful gadgets, from smartphone controlled heating and lighting, to cameras, colourful garden lights, robot hoovers and clever washing machines.There aren't just wonderful products out there for the smarthome... >>

5 gadgets to make your garden as smart as your home

5 gadgets to make your garden as smart as your home

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Smarthome gadgets are all the rage at the moment. There are plenty of options to make your kitchen, living room, bedrooms and bathrooms smart, but a smarthome doesn't need to stop at the patio doors. There are also numerous gadgets out there that will... >>

5 reasons why the summer is a good time to buy a smart thermostat

5 reasons why the summer is a good time to buy a smart thermostat

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Summer has finally arrived and even if the sun is a little temperamental when it comes to keeping its hat on, you have probably turned the heating off in your home.In fact, one of the last things you are likely to be thinking about is your heating. But... >>

8 smarthome gadgets to look forward to

8 smarthome gadgets to look forward to

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Home automation gadgets have really taken off in the last couple of years, with plenty of devices already available to turn your house into a smart one. It's a hot topic at the moment with lots of companies hopping on the smarthome bandwagon and products... >>

Make your home smart and secure with these five security systems

Make your home smart and secure with these five security systems

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A smart home can be made up of all sorts of gadgets and systems from smart cameras, to smart heating and lighting. Whether you have just one smart light bulb, or ten security cameras, you've invested money in your home so you probably want to protect... >>

Apple HomeKit: 6 compatible devices coming before the end of 2015

Apple HomeKit: 6 compatible devices coming before the end of 2015

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Apple's HomeKit was first announced a year ago at Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in 2014. The idea was to simplify home automation and allow you to have wireless and electronic control of your home and lots of things in it.It has taken a while... >>

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

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There are a number of smart heating systems available now, all of which allow you to remotely control your heating and even your hot water depending on which system you have, anytime and anywhere.This control started on smartphones and tablets, but some... >>

Honeywell Evohome vs British Gas Hive Active Heating: What’s the difference?

Honeywell Evohome vs British Gas Hive Active Heating: What’s the difference?

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Smart heating systems are great, but there are now a number of options available, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages.Choosing between them and finding the system that will suit your needs best can be difficult as it will depend on... >>

6 things you didn't know you could do with a smarthome

6 things you didn't know you could do with a smarthome

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There are numerous elements that contribute to a smarthome from heating and lighting to connected speakers and cameras. It will depend on how much of your house has been transformed into a smart one as to how much you will be able to do with it, but... >>

Honeywell Lyric vs Google Nest: What's the difference?

Honeywell Lyric vs Google Nest: What's the difference?

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Honeywell offers a couple of smart heating systems within its portfolio including the multi-zone Evohome and the Single Zone Thermostat. It also has another number up its sleeve though - known as Lyric - and while this smart thermostat is only available... >>

Honeywell Evohome vs Tado 2.0: What’s the difference?

Honeywell Evohome vs Tado 2.0: What’s the difference?

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There are several smart heating systems available, all of which offer the ability to control your heating remotely from a smartphone or tablet.Each system also has a variety of features though, and it will depend on what it is you want from your heating... >>

How to make your home smart for under £1000

How to make your home smart for under £1000

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A smarthome is no longer a distant dream of the future, it is very much something you can achieve now, whether you have a little bit of spare cash, or a lot.There are plenty of ways, devices and products that can all contribute to making your home a... >>

IFTTT compatible hardware: 25 devices to recipe your life

IFTTT compatible hardware: 25 devices to recipe your life

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IFTTT works on the statement: If This Then That, and it's a service that is commonly associated with the smarthome and connected devices. IFTTT allows you to create what the company calls "recipes" between what it refers to as "channels".In English,... >>

11 recipes to make heating control simpler with IFTTT

11 recipes to make heating control simpler with IFTTT

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IFTTT is a service you may have heard us talk about in the past when it comes to smarthome. It's based on the statement: If This Then That, and it doesn't get anywhere near the amount of credit it deserves. This service has the ability to tie everything... >>

Ten IFTTT recipes that will make your life smarter and simpler at home

Ten IFTTT recipes that will make your life smarter and simpler at home

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IFTTT is an app and web portal that you may or may not have heard of, but if you haven't or you don't yet use it, you should start. The service works on the basic statement: If This Then That and there are numerous smarthome systems, products and devices... >>

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

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Smart heating is the umbrella term used for the latest heating set ups that not only allow you to control the temperature throughout your home from your smartphone, but some will also automatically learn and adjust to your weekly or daily routines.The... >>

How to make your home smart for under £500

How to make your home smart for under £500

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Connected homes are fast becoming more and more popular and chances are if you are reading this feature, you're either interested in making your home smarter, or you want to know what is available to help you do it. There are hundreds of products out... >>

Honeywell's new Lyric home security system lets you keep your house safe with voice commands

Honeywell's new Lyric home security system lets you keep your house safe with voice commands

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Honeywell is showing off a new Lyric-branded product at CES 2015, with the goal of helping you remotely control your home and its security.The new product is what Honeywell described as a "professional-grade home security system," because it features... >>

Honeywell Evohome adds ifttt support, now you can control your heating via an email

Honeywell Evohome adds ifttt support, now you can control your heating via an email

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Honeywell has teamed up with internet of things site If This Then That to offer access to the company's connected thermostats in its Evohome range.The new options, which go live today, will allow ifttt users the chance to set up a number of sequenced... >>

Hello Thermostat: Honeywell creates a heating system you can talk to

Hello Thermostat: Honeywell creates a heating system you can talk to

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We doubt that Jean Luc Picard ever had to ask the computer to turn up the heating on the Enterprise, but Honeywell is about to make that a possibility for any would be captain at home with a new thermostat that you can control with your voice.The voice... >>

Honeywell Single Zone Thermostat: Connect your heating to the internet for £139

Honeywell Single Zone Thermostat: Connect your heating to the internet for £139

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Honeywell has debuted a connected thermostat to compete with Nest, and offering those who want to connect their heating to the internet the chance to do so easily and affordably.  It's called Single Zone Thermostat.Ultimately a single zone version of... >>

How to get a smart home: Seven products to get you started

How to get a smart home: Seven products to get you started

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The idea of a smarter home is becoming more desirable, whether it's to help reduce your energy bills or just because you want to be able to control certain factors from the comfort of your sofa, using your smartphone or tablet.If you want a smarthome... >>

Honeywell reveals how Apple Watch could be even more important than iPhone for smarthome control

Honeywell reveals how Apple Watch could be even more important than iPhone for smarthome control

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One of the main functions of the Apple Watch third-party developers will be looking to exploit is its ability to control and interact with smart appliances and smarthome technology.Honeywell is certainly one of those already working with Apple to utilise... >>

The future of lighting: Get ready for light switch free houses, pro-active lighting, and more natural colour

The future of lighting: Get ready for light switch free houses, pro-active lighting, and more natural colour

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The chances are you have energy efficient lights in your house. If you consider yourself cutting edge you might have LED bulbs, but for most people, the idea that their lightbulb could help protect them, entertain them, lift their mood or even be controlled... >>