Home automation takes off in US30th April 2015
Several countries around the world will probably pride themselves on being one step ahead of the rest of us when it comes to technology.
The US, for instance, is the world's main superpower so is always keen to showcase its credentials as a forward-looking and innovative nation.
With this in mind, it's perhaps no surprise to find that people in the US have firmly got behind home automation technology.
According to figures from BCC Research, the home automation systems market is likely to see a compound annual growth rate of 8.3 per cent between now and 2019.
This means that by the end of the forecast period, it should be worth in the region of $10.3 billion (£6.7 billion).
Many factors are believed to be driving this trend. For example, more and more Americans are choosing to invest in luxuries such as home theatre and audio systems that boast everything from window-covering controls to automated lighting.
But now a growing number of people are purchasing technology that applies automated technology to basic household utilities too.
Consumers are increasingly buying into the idea that home automation systems that control areas such as heating and lighting can enhance their quality of life and help them become more energy efficient.
However, it's worth pointing out that households are not solely investing in this technology because it is fashionable to do so or because they have deep concerns about their carbon footprint.
The reason, by and large, for its growing popularity is simply down to the fact that it is becoming much more affordable.
Andrew McWilliams, an analyst at BCC Research, commented: "The declining cost and complexity of new home automation products is helping to attract new buyers.
"Until a few years ago, the cost of quality home automation components was prohibitive for all except the enthusiast market. But now prices are dropping."
It's therefore very likely that we could be set to see a similar surge in the popularity of home automation systems in the UK over the next few years.
Finally, there is one other factor worth mentioning that could lead to the technology moving into the mainstream in the near future.
A whole generation of people who have grown up in a digital age are today's first-time buyers. Therefore, the market is set to be flooded with people who are extremely savvy when it comes to using technology, confident in letting it run aspects of their lives and generally keen to buy the latest gadgets when they come out.
Older people who have owned a property for many years could be more likely to resist the switch to home automation, but young people are almost conditioned to embrace these changes enthusiastically. The future for home automation therefore looks bright indeed!