Post by LFS
Daughter and S-i-l seem thrilled to be able to turn on their central
heating while on the home commute: we have a central heating timer which
works quite efficiently.
I have a heating system that can be controlled via a phone or laptop.
The interface is far better from the laptop, so I use that to change
the times. The phone is handy for when I go away overnight and forget
to turn the timer off. For instant temperature changes, the wireless
thermostats are much easier.
Far more useful than turning the heating on by phone are the voice
activated lights. When I go upstairs in the evening with hands full
of laptop, tablet, phone, drink and anything else, I can just tell the
lights to turn off or on as necessary. And I don't have to turn over
to put the bedside lamp on/off.
I was doing some online training the other evening to be a poll clerk
at the upcoming election  and whenever the presentation said
"elector", my Amazon Echo plinged because it thought I was asking it
 I'm currently on the reserve call out list for the local elections
and may well get picked for the first team in the GE, if I don't go
away in June.