If you want to lower your energy bills, there are plenty of ways to do so without sacrificing comfort & convenience. One of the easiest ways to cut costs, especially during the colder months when heating systems are being used more frequently, is by adding smart home technology to your space.
Smart tech uses advanced sensors and automation options to keep your home feeling cozy without wasting energy unnecessarily – just one reason why it’s an eco-friendly alternative to traditional methods of keeping warm in the wintertime.
The technology in our homes ranges from some of the most simple to the most advanced, but none of it works without power.
Learn more about how smart home technology can help you save money this winter in this post on smart home energy saving tips.
Only heat what you need
If there’s one gadget that can save you money on your energy bill, it’s a smart thermostat. Best yet, a smart thermostat that works with a smart thermostatic valve. Although the up-front cost is great, there are considerable savings over the long-term.
You can control your smart heating effortlessly from your smartphone, lower the temperature quickly, set it to come on automatically and off when you don’t need it, and get localised control so you only heat the rooms you need.
Look to your lights
Modern lighting contains LEDs which, apart from lasting much longer, consume up to 90% less energy than the old school incandescent bulbs.
If connected to your home automation system, you can program routines that switch lights on and off. You can even vary their brightness.
Get plugged in
Would rather not dish out a fortune for a new and cutting-edge smart device? Retrofit your existing devices by pairing them with a smart plug. These little adaptors have to have your lamp, speaker, coffee machine, electric blanket, or any other object. So you can switch off all at once through your smartphone.
Alternatively, if you’re so inclined, you can closely monitor your power usage. You can do this by installing an energy-monitoring plug on an appliance. You may want to choose an appliance that you use a lot or one that uses a lot of energy. This way you can make changes to how you use it- saving you money!
Beware of stand-by
But thankfully, the energy issue posed by these stand-by appliances is not as serious a problem as it used to be, because modern appliances are more energy-efficient than their predecessors.
The Energy Saving Trust estimates the average UK household spends £55 a year to power things that are in standby mode.
Although that doesn’t mean you should’t be prudent and stop using unused appliances. The biggest offenders when it comes to electricity usage are your phone chargers, TVs, gaming consoles, and smart speakers. Put your electronics to bed, like when you’re tucked up in bed. Or turn them off or unplug them while they’re in use, and you’ll be helping yourself and the environment.
We’re here to help…
Smart home technologies are becoming more and more popular. This is due to them allowing us to simplify our lives – no matter where we are. With the touch of a button, we can monitor the temperature at home while checking emails.
Making your home more energy efficient shouldn’t be hard work.