From speech-recognition fridges, to thermostats that can see cold snaps coming from a far, 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.

One industry that's already seen incredible benefits as part of 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 smart phone, or home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo.

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.

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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 comes 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 in 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 that powers your home.

If you needed 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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