A smart home keeps you in control of your energy this winter

With the season changing, we’re in a state of flux weather wise. Mornings are spent agonising over which type of coat to wear. It’s anyone’s guess which drawer the extra thick gloves are stowed away in. And the time might have come to be brave, dust off the cobwebs, and turn on the heating.

During this period of confusion, it can be a challenge managing energy usage and keeping the home at the right temperature. The last thing you want is to be using more energy than is needed. But making your home smarter will help keep you in control as winter approaches.

And if you’re worried about things getting a bit too complicated with smart technology, then never fear. We’ll show you how a smart home can work in complete harmony.

Control your energy usage

Millions of people across the UK are making the switch to smart meters, and it’s easy to see why. The regular (and automatic) readings and nifty in-house display units mean that users are fully aware of the energy they’re using at certain points of the day.

That means that with a smart meter, it's no longer a guessing game on how long your heating should be kept on for. And it’s not just heating. With a smart meter you can account for your energy usage across all of your appliances, and become wiser to when certain things should be switched on or off.

A thermostat that adapts to your routine

The energy saving doesn’t stop with smart meters. Smart thermostats like the Nest Thermostat E are designed with proven energy-saving features. There's nothing to program – it's all set with a simple schedule that's easy to adjust.

And if you’re worried about those inevitable days when you forget to turn the heating off before heading out, there’s no need to fret. The Nest Thermostat E turns itself down when you leave, to save you from heating an empty home.

Change the temperature from anywhere

Even on the chilliest of evenings it can get too toasty with the heating on. But why trouble yourself with getting up to turn the temperature down when you can do it while lazing about in front of the telly?

Once you’re set up with a Nest Thermostat E, you can use the Nest app on your smartphone to manually change the temperature from anywhere in your home. Or in your garden. Or when walking the dog. Or … well, you get the idea.

Link your devices

If, like many others across the country, you’ve introduced a virtual assistant such as Google Home to the family, then you can utilise its smart capabilities to help save energy.

So let’s say you’re busy washing the dishes and things are getting a bit too hot in the kitchen. All it takes is a quick voice command and your Nest Thermostat E will reduce the temperature for you. All together now: “Hey Google…”

A smarter home for a smarter future

It’s no secret that our homes are getting smarter as they adapt to the technology we’ve had in the palm of our hands for the last ten years.

But while it may seem daunting to introduce this technology to the humble abode, the benefits extend far beyond our own day-to-day. By being more frugal with our energy usage with the help of smart meters and thermostats, we’re contributing to a more energy efficient future.

If you’re interested in introducing a smart meter into your home, you can find out more here. And until Thursday 22 November, you can claim a Nest Thermostat E at no additional cost with one of our energy tariffs. Join or upgrade today.

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