Five ways to save money with a smart home thermostat
According to The Energy Saving Trust, in an average home more than half the money spent on fuel bills goes towards heating and hot water. The good news is a smart home thermostat, like Hive Active Heating, could help you save as much as £130 a year. The even better news is there are lots of simple ways to achieve this. Here are the big five:
1. Use the Hive app
The Carbon Trust know a thing or two about being energy efficient. They worked out heating bills can be as much as 35% lower in properties with a well-controlled heating system.
So the immediate next step once your smart thermostat is installed is to make sure you’ve downloaded the app that goes with it (in our case the award-winning Hive app).
You’ll then be able to control your smart home thermostat on any smartphone, tablet or with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. You’ll have instant access to your heating wherever you are. So you’ll never have to heat an empty house again – forgotten to turn off the heating when you ran out for the weekend? Just turn it off wherever you are. Then turn it on again 30 minutes before your home.
2. Set schedules
According to UK Power, the average family home costs about £572 to heat each year. With sums like that it’s important to make sure the heating is only on when you actually need it.
Like most thermostats, smart thermostats allow you to set schedules for your heating, based on who’s at home when. One of the big advantages of a smart thermostat is they also allow you to adjust those schedules on the go through the app. So whatever you’re doing on whatever day, you can adjust your heating to come on just the right amount of time before you get home.
3. Link your heating to other smart devices in your home
Another simple way to save, is by linking your smart home thermostat to other devices in your home. For example, if you link your thermostat to a motion sensor, the sensor can turn the heating up as you open the front door or off when you leave. This is really easy to do by heading to Hive Actions in your Hive app.
4. Set up zoned heating
It’s also really easy to rack up bills by heating areas of your home that you’re not using. A smart thermostat can help keep costs down there too. Either you can invest in a multi-zone smart thermostat or you can choose a service like Hive Multizone. This lets you create up to three different temperature zones in your house; all synced with one central smart thermostat. So at night you can keep it warm upstairs and cool downstairs, and vice versa during the day.
5. Ready by and Geolocation
Most smart thermostats come with some handy additional functions that can really help save you money. They don’t come as standard so if you’re looking to buy one, it’s worth checking to make sure it includes the following two in particular:
It’s tricky to know how long a house takes to warm up. As a result, lots of people waste money by setting their heating to come on earlier than needed. Smart thermostats like Hive Active Heating have a ‘ready by’ option so it will pre-heat your home to exactly the right temperature at exactly the right time. This also means you can probably set the thermostat a bit lower, which is another simple way to save. In fact, according to The GreenAge, turning your thermostat down by just one degree can help you put away up to £100 a year.
The geo-location function is a really easy way to stay warm and keep your heating bills down. It works by tracking your location using your phone so it can alert you if you’ve left the house and your heating is still on.
From smart thermostats with remote sensors to functions like holiday mode, there’s lots more ways a smart home thermostat can keep you toasty without spending too much. Why not take a look at Hive’s smart heating products to learn more?