The 'smart home' market is growing in Italy, marking a +18% and worth 770 million euros, placing our country in first place in Europe for growth rate.
Leading the market are connected boilers, thermostats and air conditioners which can reduce heating consumption by 23% and electricity consumption by 20%.
Thanks to the intelligent devices, energy savings of up to 460 euros per year have been calculated.
These are the results of the research on the Smart Home of the Internet of Things Observatory of the School of Management of the Milan Polytechnic, presented today.
The increase in the cost of energy - explains the study - has prompted 91% of Italians to pay more attention to energy saving at home.
And the use of smart home devices could help reduce annual consumption by as much as 23% for heating and 20% for the electricity component.
A saving that is worth around 330 euros a year for a 70 m2 two-room apartment, up to 460 euros for a 110 m2 three-room apartment.
The Italian 'smart' home market is led by connected boilers, thermostats and air conditioners for heating and air conditioning (155 million euros), followed by security solutions (150 million euros), connected appliances (140 million) and smart speakers (137 million), as well as light bulbs, audio speakers, smart plugs, devices to manage curtains and shutters remotely.
Despite the growth, however, the research explains, the link between "energy saving" and "smart technology" among consumers is not yet widely known: to save energy, most Italians adopt virtuous behaviors (81%) or buy devices and appliances consume less (42%), while there are still few who take advantage of smart objects for real-time consumption monitoring (17%), who manage heating and cooling (11%), even fewer who manage accumulation and self-production systems from renewable sources (4%) or activate services to optimize consumption (2%).