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Using smart technology to save on utility bills

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June 04, 2020

New Zealand has been spending a lot of time at home recently, but the hunkering down isn’t going to stop any time soon. Winter is on the way!

Fortunately, there are heaps of smart gadgets that will help you keep your power bills down as energy consumption goes up. These clever gadgets run along intuitively in the background, so you don’t even have to think about them! They’ll help you save energy as you go about your daily life.

What are your broadband options for your home? Head to our Broadband Checker to find out.

What is smart home technology?

If you have a smartphone, Amazon Alexa or smart TV, you’re living in a smart home already. Smart home technologies are simply Wi-Fi-connected versions of common household appliances or fixtures. These make it easy for you to control your energy usage.

Not only do these devices learn your habits so they can optimise your energy consumption, but they can also use external data - like online weather forecasts - to adjust devices accordingly. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Smart gadgets that will help you save

Here are five gadgets that can help you start saving this winter...

1. Smart lighting

Worried about forgetting to turn the lights off when you leave the room? Smart bulbs automatically regulate brightness depending on the level of natural light, which helps to minimise wasted energy. They can also be controlled remotely so you can turn them on before entering your home (or turn them off while you’re away on holiday).

Try Philips Hue Wireless Dimmer Switch

2. Smart thermostat/aircon

Feeling too hot or too cold? Getting the temperature just right is made possible with a smart thermostat. Because you have such precise control over the temperature, you can save heaps on your bills. You can also automatically adjust the heat (or aircon) when no one is home, saving energy and money.

Try Heatmiser NeoKit

3. Smart power outlets

Traditional power outlets in New Zealand have a switch so you can turn them off when they’re not being used. Smart power outlets go one better. Smart outlets automatically power down when they detect that a device is not in use or in standby mode. You can also schedule smart outlets to turn on or off at a designated time.

Try Jaycar Smart Plug

4. Smart meters

Are you a meter watcher? Smart meters show you accurate, real-time data of how much power you’re consuming. They even have an appliance detection feature to help you identify which devices are using the most energy. This can help you stop energy drainage before you pay for it.

Contact your power company to find out more.

5. Smart assistant routines

If you’ve always liked the idea of having a PA, you should consider getting a hand from Alexa or Google Assistant. They help you arrange your smart devices around your daily routine, so devices and appliances come to life at times that suit you. For example, set your coffee machine so your morning cup is ready when you wake up. Or schedule your big energy drainers (like washers and dryers) for a time of day when energy demand is low.

Try Alexa

Using these five gadgets can transform your home and help you save money all year round. It could be a smart move! 

 

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