Have you ever longed to be able to turn your heating on during your evening commute so it’s nice and toasty when you get in? Well, what if we told you that you can? Yes that’s right, the future is here and smart thermostats are revolutionising the way we heat our homes. Read on to learn all about the latest energy technology.
Not to be confused with a smart meter, a smart thermostat works solely on heating your home in the most intuitive way possible. It uses geolocation fencing which uses your phone's location to know when you're near enough to turn your heating on automatically.
With their nifty algorithms these clever little devices can even 'learn' about how long it takes each room in your house to heat up, and adjust their settings to accommodate this.
Using a smart thermostat means tailoring your heating consumption around your lifestyle. That means no more heating an empty house when you have to take a later shift at work.
Not only do you get remote control of your heating using your phone or tablet, you also have the option to use energy in a more eco-friendly way. Your smart thermostat will tell you which settings save the most money so you can actively track how much energy you're using.
Additionally, smart thermostats often have the capabilities to let you know when your heating equipment is in need of a little TLC with diagnostics.
If you or a member of your household works from home, it might not be as beneficial for you since someone will be in to regulate the temperature the traditional way.
The same stands if you're a business, it might not be worth the pricey thermostat unit or potential installation fees.
With such a huge variety of smart thermostats on the market right now, it can tricky to know which one to choose. We've compared some of the most popular thermostats here for you so you can work out which one is best for you.
Controlled remotely through their Hive app, you'll be able to completely customise your heating plan rather than select from pre-set plans like other models.
It also has this nifty feature that automatically turns your heating on whenever your pipes are at risk of freezing - pretty smart, right?
German manufactured tado monitors the weather in your location, adjusting itself for hot and cold days and what time you usually put the heating on to automatically generate a personalised heating plan that fits seamlessly around your life. Plus, it can tell when you've got a window open and adapts to save energy.
In fact, they are so confident in the device that they offer you a full refund if you don't see 100 worth of savings in the first year of using it.
With a handy feature that adjusts based on the weather, remote heating system HeatSmart is also compatible with the Amazon Echo. This clever gadget also learns from your heating habits and effectively copies them to predict ways to adjust them for you.
Unlike the others, HeatSmart is available to non-EDF customers as well. So you won't need to switch providers to get smarter with your heating.
You know how we said earlier on about smart thermostats learning from your home? Well, Nest from Google pioneered it and have even dubbed theirs as the 'learning thermostat'.
Nest bases its scheduling around your behaviours and will adapt with you. It also encourages eco-friendly habits and rewards them with a little green leaf icon.
Only available to Scottish Power customers, Connect has a few different payment plans to choose from that include installation costs so you don't have to pay out for any extras.
This clever system allows you to create a heating plan from scratch based on your preferences.
And just to make it that little bit more special, Connect has a 'pause heating schedule' option to avoid wasting energy if you know you're not going to be in.
Smart thermostats make an exponential difference to the way you heat your home and have been proven to save people money. If you're considering switching to a smart thermostat, take a look and see if your provider offers one - if not, you may need to switch supplier or select a thermostat that works across multiple providers.
However, if you're looking to make a big dent in your gas bill you should seriously consider changing energy supplier first. Our handy Energy Saver app (available on Google Play and the App Store) shows you providers in your area so you can compare their rates, it also lets you know when your current deals are coming to an end so you can be sure you're always getting the best offer.