It closed last year with the most expensive electricity bill in history. According to data from Facua, the average user has paid more than €1,538; An increase of 37.9% over the previous year. And although the energy crisis seems to be giving Europeans some relief, experts are treating it with caution. It’s not over yet, and household spending on electricity and gas will continue to rise in the coming months. What is being done at the local level to control gas and light consumption? Technology can be a great ally to achieve this: these are some of the ways to use smart devices to save energy.
temperature in winter and summer
To get a nice temperature inside the house in the winter, and control the bill, one of the most interesting alternatives is to replace the thermostat installed in the house with a smart one. These devices, which work connected to the Internet and mobile phones, take into account habits to help rational use of heating, maintaining well-being inside the home, while reducing consumption by between 20 and 40%, according to different manufacturers.
Models like the Tado V3+, for example, know when everyone in the house has left and automatically turn off the heating; As if he discovers an open window. The Nest Learning Thermostat, for its part, learns the set times and temperatures at all times so that, after the first week of use, it automatically creates a schedule, always taking into account how long it takes to heat and cool the house and rooms and the weather conditions outdoors. And Netatmo Thermostat sends a monthly report indicating how long the boiler has been running, why consumption has increased or decreased, energy saved…
Practically all models are adaptable to underfloor heating, individual or group boiler or central heating, among other options (always check compatibility in advance on their web pages), in addition, they can be completed with smart valves for radiators: replacement of thermostatic valves for each Including, allowing temperature regulation (and you have the rest of the smart functions) room by room.
And what happens in the summer? Although the latest air conditioners already come with built-in Wi-Fi, there are options like the tado V3+ smart climate control. It uses the same app as the thermostat and its functions are the same.
Lights that stay on
So much for climate control. But the decrease in energy consumption exceeds the local temperature. Staying on the light when no one is home can be avoided if the lights used are smart and can be programmed on or off remotely. In addition to the fact that these types of lamps are LED (and they consume 75% less energy than the old ones), their intensity is adjustable, so it is possible to adapt them better to each room. According to manufacturers, this saves up to 40% of electricity. Available from around €10, it’s one of the cheapest options for providing some smart home info. And the options are endless: from the sophisticated Philips Hue, available in various combinations for indoor and outdoor, to the economical SPC Aura or Sirius and white or colored TP-Link.
It is also possible to program the operation and remote control of any equipment or device Not nimble It knows in detail its power consumption if connected sockets are used; A function that helps to be fully aware of what they are spending even when they are not being used and to stay put comment. When you need a simple plug, the Amazon Smart Plug, Tapo P110, or Meross Smart WiFi Plug with MSS310 Power Monitor are very interesting alternatives; In the case where it is preferred, there are also power strips such as the Hama WLAN power strip with four sockets, which allow the connected devices to be controlled one by one.
Trick: Take advantage of attendance
Most of the connected devices in the home are compatible with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant…or at least some of them. And that means more than just asking the assistant on duty to turn them on or off or perform some management with her voice. It also means being able to be configured as part of a smart home ecosystem where routines or scenarios can be created to cover every need. For example, a simple “Alexa, see you later” turn off all the lights in the house, the heating and connect the alarm clock. The choices are as wide as the devices installed (and connected) in the home.
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