The other side of the net zero coin is to make it clearer to consumers where that energy is being used at an appliance-by-appliance level. This is where digital retrofits of homes are becoming increasingly important – making energy consumption and energy waste visible through the power of technology, through an equivalent of a “Fitbit” for your home.

But this is not about consuming less. It is about consuming better, ‘greener’ energy.

We know that asking people to change their lifestyles – especially when they’ve come to rely upon digital technologies for work, entertainment and schooling, is too much to ask. The way to solve the energy dilemma – providing more people with access to energy and a better quality of life while reducing energy consumption to meet climate change targets – is to decentralise energy production and consumption, so that homeowners could generate plentiful green energy and use it in their homes or store it for later use.

Electricity is a more efficient source of energy – and as we progressively electrify heating and cooking, and power our homes and electric vehicles with electricity derived from solar power or wind, we’ll find carbon emissions dissipating from our homes almost entirely.

With the most recent smart home technology, consumers can decarbonise their homes at will. They can strive to make a real impact, ‘rebel’ against inefficient home construction or lack of access to green tariffs from their energy provider, by taking their homes’ sustainability matters into their own hands.

Allowing consumers to be the enablers of their home’s net zero future can create a lot of goodwill and gamify the process – as residents would be able to measure their progress towards net zero goals against that of their friends or neighbours.

What sounds like science-fiction no longer has to be a complex endeavour – the power of Artificial Intelligence will be key to ensure homeowners don’t have to remember to switch off the lights or close the window before our room heating comes on. Technology will do that for us.

The sustainability resolution that could last a lifetime

Like any (self)improvement project we may be embarking on early in the year, quantifying and tracking our progress will be critical to keep us on track – and this is exactly what smart home technology should help us do. For the first time, with the help of smart home solutions, sustainability can be a DIY project that homeowners can fully take into their own hands.

There is a belief that everyone should attempt to run a marathon at least once in their lives. For me, the journey of sustainability is a marathon without the finish line. It requires a lifelong commitment. But once you’re on this journey, it will be eternally rewarding.