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Nest Thermostat

How smart home technology is shaking up the energy industry

10 Oct 2019
Lu-Wee - amaysim blogger


amaysim's product (and sports) guru

From speech-recognition fridges, to thermostats that can see cold snaps coming from afar, smart home products have gone from novelty items for tech lovers, to household essentials that many of us are now using in our day-to-day lives.

One industry that's started to see some incredible benefits with the rise of smart home tech is the energy industry, with smart-tech devices enabling households to manage their energy usage like never before, while also allowing users to become more efficient with their time #winning

Nest Thermostat

nest thermostat

According to Energy Star, a programmable thermostat can save households up to $180 per year in heating and cooling costs.

Designed to regulate the temperature of your home via an app, the nest works by learning your heating and cooling habits. Nest thermostats also use your postcode to predict the weather, allowing them to intuitively make your home cooler or warmer based on changing conditions.

The Nest Thermostat app breaks information down into simple segments so you can study heating and cooling patterns and find ways to save power. The device can be connected to your smartphone or home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo.

smart LED light bulbs

Whether you’re away on vacation or simply too far from a light switch, smart home lighting systems are a great way to control your smart home.

Aside from remote access and the extra security they can bring to your home, you can tweak the intensity of the lights to set the mood in any rooms, or program lights to turn on and off at a scheduled time - a neat trick to save time and reduce your energy consumption.

Although there a Smart Bulbs on the market that cost well over $200, you can purchase less expensive options that still have great feature sets.

For a low cost alternative, Sengleds Range of Smart LED Bulbs which are Wi-Fi compatible, start from just $20 and can be paired with your Amazon Echo or Google Home.

smart plugs

Smart plugs are power-point adaptors that sit between power sockets and the plug of the appliance you're plugging in. They are considered smart because they allow you to remotely control the lighting and electrical sockets in your home via a mobile app.

Some of the mid-to-high range smart plugs, go a step further by tracking how much energy your appliances use, while also giving you the option to schedule and automate your home lighting from anywhere in the world.

smart meters

Smart meters and energy-efficient houses go hand in hand. Unlike old-style clock face or metric meters, smart meters record your electricity usage in real-time. Your energy data then gets sent straight to your electrical service provider (that's us) - this means you no longer have to wait for someone from your electricity retailer to come and manually read your meter, or rely on estimated energy bills.

looking to pair your smart meter with a hassle-free energy plan?

Smart meters also include an in-home display so you’re able to monitor and better understand your household energy consumption. This is a great way to not only monitor how much electricity you're using but allows you to change your habits, to lower future electricity costs.

smart fridges

Is there anything more heartbreaking than going to snack on a bowl of cereal only to realise your milk has expired? Leave those dark days behind by upgrading your kitchen with a smart fridge. Smart fridges come in all shapes and sizes, with features that are so sophisticated they’re almost scary.

Samsung’s Family Hub fridge comes with a massive touch screen, camera and automatic food expiration reminders, while the LG Instaview ThinQ uses artificial intelligence to suggest recipes based on the items stocked in your fridge.

This is just a small taste of how smart home technology can make your life easier and if you’re going to invest in making your home smarter, you might as well make sure you’re getting a good deal when it comes to the electricity plan that powers your home.

If you need a gentle reminder, our electricity plans include great value rates, no confusing discounts or lock-in contracts and the convenience of monthly billing to help you avoid bill-shock #amazinglysimple


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winter energy

5 Ways to Reduce Winter Energy Usage

10 May 2020

Many of us watch our energy bills creep up during the peak of winter, but a warm home doesn’t have to go hand in hand with a massive power bill. These energy saving tips will help you discover how to save electricity in winter. Try our seasonal winter home energy saving tips and keep your energy bill manageable.

1. Stay old school, where possible

Being able to walk around your home without having to wear a lot of layers or carry a blanket is a wonderful luxury in winter. However, there’s a certain vintage charm to getting warm under a heavy blanket while the air outside your cosy blanket haven is still chilly.

Keeping things old school as much as you can, pulling out thermals, putting on socks, and cuddling up for warmth during a Netflix session, are some of our favourite power saving tips for winter.

Smart Home Devices

2. Go smart

Not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about how to lower an electricity bill in winter, but smart devices can help you save heaps when it comes to your power bill.

If you use household heating, a programmable smart thermostat can save households up to $180 per year in heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star. Some of these smart home devices can even be operated from smartphones, for when you just don’t want to leave the warmth of your blanket.

Who would have thought having an awesome home automation setup would bring your energy bill down!

Standby Power

3. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances

Just like choosing smart devices to save power, you can upgrade to energy-efficient appliances to save power too.

In Australia, most household appliances are rated according to their energy efficiency. Since efficient appliances use less electricity, they’re way cheaper to run. Of course, you don’t need to toss out your washing machine, dryer, fridge, microwave, and kettle just to save electricity in winter.

If you have an appliance that’s costing you a lot to run, it might actually save you money in the long run to buy a new, more efficient replacement.

Look up the energy ratings for all your big appliances (and small ones too if you can) and find any that could do with replacing.

4. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs

Energy-efficient bulbs are a no-brainer when it comes to ways to save money on electricity in winter. In fact, you should use these bulbs throughout the year to keep your electricity bill down, no matter the season.

These efficient bulbs use less power to produce the same amount of light. They also last longer than traditional bulbs.

If you feel like splurging, check out smart bulbs, they can be controlled by your phone as well as being energy efficient, neat! The savings from swapping these bulbs alone aren't massive, but every little bit adds up when you know you’ll spend more power heating your home in winter.

5. Build up the washing pile

There’s no point in chucking on two jumpers and a pair of jeans into the washing machine during winter, how dirty could they really be? Before doing a load of washing or drying make sure you have a full basket.

It’s no secret that the washing machine and dryer chew up the most electricity in your house. Don’t let the chilly season increase your wash load because of the more layers of clothing being added to the basket.

Follow these simple tips on how to save electricity in winter and you should hopefully see some great results during the cold season.

Reducing your energy usage all year long will help you get in the mindset before June even comes around or if you want to be even more prepared for when summer rolls around.