The smart way to save on utility bills while you’re at home
Saving money is a priority for many, particularly now as Brits feel the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Smart Home Week 2020 have provided some advice on how smart home tech can help you keep utility bills, and concerns over your finances, under control.
You might think of smart home automation as a cool way to keep up with the latest technology, or an opportunity for tech-mad homeowners to show off, but it actually offers some amazing and practical advantages too.
The use of home appliances, such as dishwashers, TVs and ovens, dramatically increased during the UK lockdown. This extra usage, according to price comparison website Comparethemarket.com, could lead to a 37 per cent rise in energy bills, pushing up household costs by £32.31 a month on average.
At the same time, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data showing when the lockdown came into effect, just under half (45.8 per cent) of working adults were home based, while nearly one-in-four (22.9%) say that the global pandemic is affecting their household finances.
Depending on how you use smart-home technology, it’s possible to make your space more energy-efficient and in turn reduce costs. Here, Smart Home Week have put together three ways using smart tech around your house can help slash your energy bills.
Lighten the load
Smart LED bulbs, like those from Philips Hue, not only last a lot longer, but also use much less energy than incandescent light bulbs. According to The Energy Savings Trust, you can save up to £35 per year on your electricity bills by making the simple switch to LED. Smart lights can also be integrated with other gadgets, such as the Yale Sync Alarm system, allowing you to enable visual alerts when the alarm is armed, disarmed, or triggered, for greater peace of mind.
Many of us don’t realise how much energy we’re actually using even when we don’t need it, regularly leaving all sorts of home appliances plugged in. According to the Co-operative Energy, we can save up to £80 a year by simply switching off electronics, rather than leaving them on standby. Did you know that even if you forget to turn off electronic devices, you can control the power of your outlets through a smart device? Using the schedule function that’s available with most smart plugs, you can turn appliances off remotely via an app on your smartphone.
Monitor your energy use
A smart meter shows you how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence, while smart thermostats are available to give you maximum flexibility when it comes to managing your heating. You can control the temperature of your home when you’re at work, outside exercising, or doing your weekly shop using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. For many people, it’s not just about saving money – using less energy is also about helping to tackle climate change. The nation’s awareness of the impact of carbon emissions is growing by the day, and many of us want to do something to stop it.
The Smart Home Week awareness campaign is designed to provide advice and information on the range of smart products available, cutting through the jargon, and making the smart home more accessible, as well as showcasing the best and latest developments in the smart home world to help you upgrade your existing ecosystem. Check out our social channels for more information!