We hear all the time about how technology is making our lives easier, and sure it’s pretty great to be able to access lecture slides on your mobile on those days when you’re too lazy to make it out of bed… but what about when you wake up in the middle of the night and you’re turning into an ice cube from the cold?
What’s technology got to offer for those of us who are stuck in the conundrum of whether to brave the world without your duvet to turn the heating back on or whether to try and suck it up and get back to sleep? Well the good news is that this will never be an issue again- it’s entirely possible to control your electricity from your mobile, tablet or laptop!
If that’s not enough to get you excited, did you know that you could save on average £150 by using a smart energy app to regulate your energy so it’s not dwindling away when you’re out and about?
Seriously though, the best thing about a smart energy app is how it gives you a god-like power over your home. With the ability to set up profiles for different times of the day, like morning and night, you can ensure there’s always hot water when you have to drag yourself out of bed for that 9am lecture. Never again will you have to drudge through the snowy winter and come home to a freezing house when you have the ability to turn the heating on as your lecturer grumbles on about coursework. There’s even a Geolocation feature which uses the GPS on your phone to check where you are and whether the heating’s been left on- no longer will money be wasted heating an empty home. Automatic frost protection will guarantee no more worries over your pipes freezing in the winter break so you can enjoy Christmas without wondering if you remembered to leave the radiators on or not.
You can even control everything from your PC which is super convenient when you’re hiding your phone in an attempt to concentrate on typing up that essay! You don’t even have to worry if your 3G is down and you’re stuck in lecture ‘cause you will have the power to turn your hot water on by texting your boiler itself- no more trying to convince your housemate to flick the switch for you. It is literally power at your fingertips.
But how can you get this app which does all this, seemingly by magic? There are a couple of companies active in the UK who offer this service, including Hive, Insteon and Evohome but Hive is definitely the better option. It’s the cheapest option and, although it’s a British Gas product, you can use it with any company.