How smart are you and your home?

Posted 20/05/2019 by E.ON

Now is the perfect time to dive into the latest smart gadgets and find out the facts when it comes to making your home 'smart'.

Let's start by taking a look around the home to see which smart tech can make your life easier and might help save some pennies, and the planet, in the process.

Living room

• Smart power strips

Most TVs stay on standby even when they are 'off' and use around 10% of home's electricity bill in the UK; equivalent to £50-£86 a year. While great for streaming your favourite shows, smart TVs can use up to ten times more electricity than standard TVs since they are connected to the internet all the time. Using a smart power strip will reduce your overall energy use by completely shutting off the power to appliances when you're not using them.

• Smart thermostats

Smart thermostats, such as the tado° system, allow you to control your heating even when you're not at home. It even shows you how warm your home is, when your heating's on and how much you're saving. By adding tado°'s smart thermostats to your radiators too, you can also customise the temperature room by room, increasing efficiency even more.

Kitchen

• Smart meters

Getting a smart meter is one of the easiest and best things you can do to increase the efficiency of your home and help you lower your energy bill. From boiling the kettle to using the oven, a smart meter shows you exactly how much energy you're using in near real-time. You can also set budgets and compare your energy use across the week - so you can get really smart about your energy.

• Boilers

In addition to using a smart meter, replacing your boiler with an energy efficient one can significantly lower your energy bill. Heating accounts for about 55% of total household energy use in the UK and upgrading your boiler can save you up to £305 per year. There are many different models to choose from depending on your specific needs. From a combi boiler that can fit in your cupboard to a full system boiler that provides a constant supply of hot water with no water tank required, upgrading to an efficient boiler will keep you warm for years, while saving you a chunk of change in the process.

Bedroom

• Smart lighting

With smart lighting you can programme your lights from your smartphone, which means you'll never have to worry about accidentally leaving the lights on when you're not home (or you can switch them on while still in bed - no more tripping up on dark landings!) Most smart light bulbs use LED technology, which uses up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 20 times longer. If you replace eight incandescent light bulbs with Smart LED lightbulbs you could save £1,227 over their lifetime.

• Smart plugs

With several devices to charge everyday, it's easy to forget about all of those cords plugged into the wall when you're not using them. Although they don't use an exorbitant amount of energy, leaving things on standby can add up over time. In fact, £227 million is wasted on appliances being left on standby every year in the UK, which means you're probably spending £100 or more every year for energy you're not using. Smart Plugs let you remotely control any device you plug in so you can cut the power and the cost.

Outside

• Smart security systems

The great thing about the latest smart home security systems is they can be integrated with other smart home devices so that safety and convenience work hand in hand. Smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can communicate and alert you immediately in case of an emergency.

• The Smart Future

With voice-activated controls, smart programming routines, and Artificial Intelligence learning capabilities, smart home devices help make every day tasks easy and automatic.

By choosing smart home devices that also save energy, we can reduce carbon emissions, combat climate change and create a more sustainable future for the next generation. Learn more about and get smart with your energy.  

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