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WHAT'S NEXT?: The number of smart homes is expected to grow further and by 2020 it is expected 46.2 million homes in the US and 44.9 million in Europe will be classed as smart homes. By 2022 there could be nearly 500 smart devices that can be connected to a smart home.

  • [New] Chesapeake's production of 3 Bcf/d of natural gas means that approximately 11 million homes in the U.S. will be able to heat their homes and have electrical power with independently certified responsibly sourced gas. Hart Energy
  • [New] Greece plans to make residents over 60 get a shot or pay a monthly fine. Axios
  • [New] Home Office and Homeschooling Despite already high levels in the previous year, GfK experts expect the demand for technical goods to remain high in 2021. GfK
  • [New] Egypt is building a new smart capital near Cairo that planners say could eventually be home to 6.5 million people. Yale E360
  • [New] Covering household costs such as energy and petrol, as well as retail prices, it has been predicted by the Bank of England to reach 5% in the coming months. KamCity
  • [New] The tax credits could result in the annual deployment of between 31 gigawatts and 65 gigawatts of new renewables on average over the next several years - enough to power up to 12 million average U.S. homes. The Hill
  • [New] Normally blessed with lots of North Sea winds, for example, the United Kingdom pushed the construction of windmills, planning to produce enough wind-based energy to power all UK homes by 2030. Mercatus Center
  • [New] While Afghan evacuees mostly just need housing, many other refugee cases coming in are joining family and will live with them. The Columbus Dispatch
  • [New] As part of the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, the City of Toronto committed to creating 1,000 new modular homes in Toronto. Quick Connections
  • [New] The apparel line could help New York-based Peloton rely less on its bikes and treadmills, after sales growth slowed because more people received COVID-19 vaccines and stayed home less. Business Insurance
  • [New] BT is adopting a hybrid, flexible approach called 'Smart Working' where teams will choose how colleagues spend time between home and their office. The Fast Mode
  • [New] The Home Office's failure to follow up its promise with action is pushing refugees to take deadly risks and leaving vulnerable people who have remained in Afghanistan at the mercy of the Taliban. The Guardian
  • [New] Up to 1,440 Malaysia citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders in Singapore will be able to go back home, as part of an initial phase of the land VTL. The Straits Times
  • [New] Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have been in the region within two weeks of coming home can still return but will face enhanced testing and quarantine protocols, regardless of their vaccination status. The New York Times
  • [New] Storm Arwen has caused disruption across Wales, with more than 30,000 thousand homes experiencing power cuts and road and rail travel affected. BBC News
  • [New] The trade disruptions increased the cost of living for families living in Myanmar border towns. The Straits Times
  • [New] Only 10% of Indian households now access broadband internet and half as many own or access a computer; leaving 1.3 billion people without the opportunity to fully participate in the digital economy. MIT SOLVE
  • [New] All of the one million homes built will be accessible and adhere to Universal Design Principles. Australian Greens
  • [New] Several countries have taken similar actions to Canada, closing their borders to foreign nationals who have recently been in southern Africa, which could make it difficult for Canadians to find their way home. New West Record
  • [New] Meant to be dispensed at pharmacies and taken at home, Merck's drug is the first in a new class of antiviral treatments for Covid that are expected to reach many more people than other treatments have. The New York Times
  • [New] The SA government is reviewing its plans to ensure that all South Africans have access to connectivity in their homes by 2024. Broadband World News

Last updated: 04 December 2021