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Making the Most of Modern Technology to Reduce Bills, Reduce Emissions and Enjoy your Home from Home

Published: 11 October 2018

You’ll know what I’m referring to when I describe that distinctive feel a property has when it’s been empty for a while?  The fusty air and, depending on the climate, it’s either too cold or too hot.  It can take a while to start to feel like home again.  

You’ll also know that feeling when you arrive somewhere, especially after a long journey, and all you want to do is sit down and relax, have a cup of tea and freshen up with a shower?  

As gadgets such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri fast become common household names, the use of ‘futuristic’ tech solutions to manage and run our homes is no longer reserved for the mega-mansions of the rich and famous.  If you have a second home abroad, you no longer have to be there in person to manage the heating, lighting, security and any number of other utilities.  Wherever you are in the world, you can do it all from your phone.  So, before you board the plane, or disembark the ferry, you can simply ask your windows to open up and let in some fresh air and get your boiler (or the air-conditioner) to fire up and get things homely, ready for your arrival.

It is also a great way to make your home energy efficient and reduce utility bills.  We’ve got some properties for sale that are ahead of the game and have already embraced this technology, so you don’t have to worry about the research - you just log in and go. 

Montebelluna, Italy - A renovated 4-bed villa close to Venice, the beach & the mountains.

I have never seen another property on the market in this price-bracket with such great attention to detail.  Designed to be a high-functioning, efficient home, the house features all the latest ‘Intelligent i.Home’ technology.  The system allows the owner to monitor and control the services from anywhere in the world.  The heating and lighting can been controlled from a mobile phone and the auto-irrigation system can be programmed to quench the gardens’ thirst in the absence of the owner.

Built-in air conditioning is on both floors of the villa.  A solar power system heats the water and is so efficient the current water bill is just €12 for 6 months. 

This is the ultimate base in the heart of Europe, with easy access to a choice of international airports, as well as quick and easy access to the motorway network that links to Germany, Austria France and Switzerland as well as the rest of Italy.  And, of course, having the mountains, the beach and world-famous cities on the doorstep, there is plenty to do and explore all year round.

Civitanova Marche - Architect-Designed, 2-Bed Penthouse Apartment By the Sea

This architect-designed 2 bed penthouse apartment is situated in a small Italian fishing town.  It is the perfect bolt-hole by the sea with bakeries, coffee shops, lively local bars and restaurants and the beach all within walking distance.  The airport of 56km up the coast and the house has been renovated with year-round use in mind.  If you like an James Bond style control panel - this is the house for you!  From here you can:

Control the solar-powered boiler and under-floor heating 
The heat pump that can generate hot or cold air.
The salt-water treatment plant
The central vacuum system

The kitchen is fully stocked with top of the range NEFF appliances.  The shower has an rub colour therapy system  All the windows and veluxes have remote control and rain sensors for automatic closing.  Even the curtains are remote controlled!

The location and use of technology at this apartment mean the owner can immerse themselves in the hustle and bustle of the Italian way of life from the moment they arrive.  The apartment is designed to be comfortable all year round, and using green technology, utility bills are kept to a minimum.

Of course installing these systems can be retrospectively fitted, and would be suitable for almost all of our properties for sale abroad.  You can see our full catalogue of properties here