Smart thermostats can help us save money on our heating bills, with Nest estimating savings of between 10-12% and Honeywell Evohome suggesting savings of up to 40%. But do these estimated savings apply to all households? And who is best positioned to save the most?
With smart thermostats priced anywhere between £200-300, you certainly want to save enough to recoup the initial cost. So, how can you be sure?
Well, it all depends on how you use your heating currently and how a smart thermostat will change this. And there are some homeowners who will naturally get more use from a smart thermostat than others.
Those best suited to smart thermostat installation include:
- Tech savvy people who are comfortable using mobile apps
- Households with schedules that mean they are regularly out of the house for long period
- Households who want to keep track of their usage
- People who will be staying in the same property for at least 2 years
So, how does smart technology actually save you money?
A smart thermostat essentially gives you more control over your heating, so you can restrict your usage to when you actually need it.
The ability to control temperatures remotely from the palm of your hand means that you can switch your central heating off or down from anywhere in the world, so you need never waste energy when you’re not around.
In fact, some models adapt to your usage patterns – a feature that is perfect for busy and changeable schedules.
BUT there are some instance where these benefits may not apply
If you’re already effectively using the timer settings on your current thermostat then you probably won’t see a huge difference – although it’s worth noting that a smart thermostat lets you adapt to changing plans while out and about.
And if you’re unlikely to check or change your thermostat very often, or you’re at home for a large proportion of the day, then smart controls probably aren’t that necessary.
Do you think your family could save with a smart thermostat? Talk to one of our team and arrange a survey, or call us on 0800 980 6018 for more information.