Reduce Heating Bills by 25% Using Smartphones
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
There are a number of new applications for smartphone users available in the UK that allows you to control the central heating in your home via your smartphone. These new systems are promising some pretty big savings on your heating bills with the latest offering claiming to be able to cut your annual bills by £400. Internet giant Google has also jumped on the bandwagon and have bought the US Company called Nest for a sum of around £2 billion.
The most pressing question at the moment is just how much can be saved and also who would be able to benefit from this application. The object of these systems is to maximise the time that you keep your heating off and enabling you to switch it on only during the times that you need it. Instances where savings could be made include leaving your home without switching off the central heating or perhaps wasting heating when you are detained at work. Water heating is also a feature when you will not need hot water for bathing if you have showered at the gym.
With a smartphone you can monitor your individual room heating from a distance. Add GPS technology and your phone will be able to tell when you are close to home. This will mean that your phone will be able to track when you are getting close to home so that the room temperature will be perfect when you get there. The smart system will even compensate for changing weather reports. Will Moore has had his system in operation for two months and it cost him £250 and he is already seeing a difference in his heating bills. He reckons that the system will pay for itself in around three years with savings of between 20 to 30% already.
German manufacturer TADO has said that the average savings pan out to be 27% on the average annual bill. For a bigger property a little more costly system is available with even greater savings. The system asks that you look at the times when you are not using rooms that are being heated constantly. For a cost of around £850 you can have your three bedroom house individually heating each room as and when you need it. Using the internet will allow you to control the heating from wherever you are or alternatively you can control the heating of each room individually according to use.
Taking a look at what can be saved will give you an idea of the savings you can make on the size of your home. A small dwelling unit may not have the impact of savings seen in a large house, but there will be a saving nevertheless. Basic energy saving measures can be a start to saving on your fuel bills. Measures such as insulation and installing a thermostat as well as upgrading boilers and taking plugs out when an appliance is not in use are all measures that will show an immediate difference to your dual fuel bills. British Gas has already launched a service called Hive and other energy companies from the big six are expected to follow as well as some of the smaller energy companies.
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