Meet the Home Heating Gadgets That Save You Money

Meet the Home Heating Gadgets That Save You Money

In 2009 Apple coined the phrase “There’s an app for that”, five years on and it seems they weren’t far wrong. The prevalence of smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices, push app-building companies to extraordinary lengths to create ‘that’ application that will change all of our lives for the better. Apps help us plan our day, find a location, book a table, buy a new car, book a flight and lately control the heating in our homes.Iphone Samsung MobileComparably prehistoric, thermostat controls fall way behind on programmability and flexibility compared to the new smart-thermostats. Never really considered an exciting topic of conversation, it is important to remember that our thermostats control half of our homes’ energy usage. A range of companies are introducing their own version of the thermostat that can be controlled remotely by our hand held devices.Many gadgets are bought up on the promise of somehow improving our lives or taking over menial tasks that we haven’t got the time to do in our busy lives. So why would we bother with yet another expensive shiny bit of kit, that will inevitably end up in the cupboard of past technology?

The Gadgets

Nest Thermostat https://nest.com/thermostat/life-with-nest-thermostat/ claim to have a new innovative thermostat that will lower your bills by up to 20% over a year. This is achieved using the ability to vary the temperature as and when needed, as opposed to one set temperature, which is a common household practice due to overly complicated thermostat settings. There may be a sudden change in the weather temperatures, you could boost your home heating before you return. The app has the ability to remotely cancel the heating coming on in an empty house should you have an unscheduled outing or last minute change of plans. The ‘Auto-Away’ feature allows your gadget to do the work for you, telling the thermostat that you (and your smartphone) have left the building. The expected launch of the new Apple Watch http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/09/apple-event-2014-iphone-6-wearable-ios8 will make this feature even more efficient. Clear graphs and figures demonstrate exactly where your energy has been used and where your money has been saved.Taking into consideration installation costs of the required digital thermostat the app and linked receiver may take some years before there is any financial benefit. However there will also be a marked reduction in your home’s carbon footprint when minimising the use of the planet’s fossil fuels.