Couple preparing a meal together in the kitchen

“You’re never too old to learn new things. All you need is the right mentor.”

After you have been working all your life, being retired is a weird feeling. Suddenly you have time for all the things you had to postpone in the past. I started to invest this newly won time in our home, and came across Home Connect. Home Connect and its network of partners is not only very inspiring, but also helps me with my new hobby: cooking.

Home Connect App on the smartphone with recipe

Unlike me, my wife Linda is still working as a teacher. So I try to help her as much as I can with household chores. When she comes home from work, there is usually a delicious meal already waiting for her. The ideas for the dishes are from the Home Connect app. It has seasonal dishes, recipes for special occasions and a lot more. The preparation is explained step-by-step and I can also send the settings to my Home Connect oven or hob via the app.

Man cutting a cucumber in the kitchen

“I have a virtual cookery instructor.”

With more time on my hands, I’m doing a cookery course. And I don’t even have to leave home to do it. My virtual cookery instructor is called “Simply Yummy” and it helps me to improve my cooking skills. “Simply Yummy” is linked to Home Connect – with this combination even the most complicated recipes turn out as success.

Delivery of a packet with ingredients ordered via the Home Connect app and Avocando partner service

“Ingredients automatically become shopping lists.”

We live in a remote village around 20 kilometres away from the nearest supermarket. Since I have heard about Avocando I don’t mind that any more. Whenever I find and select a great recipe in the Home Connect app, Avocando automatically creates a shopping list for all ingredients. All I have to do is to place the order and the ingredients are bought to my door the same day.

Robot vacuum cleaner on the kitchen floor

“You have to break eggs to make an omelette.”

My wife appreciates my new-found cooking skills and can't wait to come home to try out the next culinary surprise. There's only one snag. As the saying goes: you have to break eggs to make an omelette. In other words, the kitchen floor doesn't look too good after I’ve accomplished my culinary exploits. My backache used to be the perfect excuse to avoid vacuum cleaning. Now there is no need for excuses anymore: I simply let my Home Connect robot vacuum cleaner sweep the kitchen floor. Thanks to the “room mapping” function the robot vacuum cleaner knows every corner of our home and knows exactly where to go. That’s good for my back – and my wife’s nerves.

Solar panels on a house roof

Another big project I’ve completed since retiring is the solar panels on our roof. At last, we are generating our own electricity and have become a bit more independent. Unfortunately the sun doesn’t shine every day and the energy generated varies all the time. We use SMA Smart Home to achieve the highest efficiency. Its "Sunny Home Manager" is linked to our Home Connect dishwasher aand turns on whenever enough solar power is being generated. Thanks to this clever solution, we use every sunbeam and save money.

Home Connect hood with atmospheric light mood

“All you need is a good idea: festive lighting with Home Connect.”

Like for many, Christmas is the highlight of the year for us: The whole family comes to us and I get the chance to show the grandkids that grandpa is anything but from yesterday. My latest “trick”: I use the hood light to immerse the room in a festive atmosphere. I can select the colour and intensity of the light and thus create just the right atmosphere via the Home Connect app. And on top of this, when I open the dishwasher, it has the exact same light inside. My grand kids love it and I never dreamed that I’d still be able to surprise the family with new technical innovations.

Grandfather and grandson eating a roast
Man shows grandson the Home Connect app on his smartphone

“Safety, saving money and learning new things: Getting Home Connect is the best idea I’ve had for a long time.”

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