Guide written by:
Albert, Manager of a gardening service, Leicester
The heating sector is responsible for almost a third of the UK's annual carbon footprint with domestic heating alone accounting for around 14% of UK emissions. In fact, the average household in the UK emits 2.7 tonnes of CO2 every year solely from heating. It's no surprise, then, that a major part of the government's plans to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 is focused on home heating. (Sources: DEFRA; UK gov).
But in addition to reducing carbon emissions, cutting down on energy usage also helps us to make savings on our bills – and with energy prices on the rise there's no better time to think about energy management. A smart thermostat is a great way to keep an eye on consumption and help make homes more energy efficient.
While some companies claim savings of up to 40%, a smart thermostat should be expected to save you around 10 to 15% on your energy bill on average. Touted as one of the best ways to control your gas and electricity supply, a smart thermostat is used to control your heating in place of an old-fashioned thermostat. Hardwired into your home and connected to the Wi-Fi, a smart thermostat is used to connect your heating system to the internet so it can be controlled via phone, laptop or tablet wherever you are. Some models also provide detailed reports on your electricity consumption meaning you can check out your usage per day, per hour or even from different zones in the house. Please note that a smart thermostat is not the same thing as a smart meter which is simply a self-reading gas and electricity meter provided by your energy provider.
Most smart thermostats offer a geofencing feature which connects to your phone's location services to let the thermostat know when you have entered or exited a set perimeter around your home. This feature works to automatically turn on your heating as you are on your way home and turn off the heating when you leave. The main benefit of this technology is that it prevents you from having to program heating schedules.
Smart thermostats allow you the option to shift some energy consumption to off-peak times when electricity is cheaper. During this time, a smart thermostat can be used to power energy-saving appliances like storage water tanks, storage heaters, and so on. The system will cut off the supply to these appliances during peak hours.
We often make the mistake of heating our homes to the same temperature throughout. However, managing the heat of each room can help to cut down on energy usage and make your home more comfortable. Here is a rough guide to recommended room temperatures:
If you plan to be away for the day, it is recommended to lower the temperature to about 16°C. Any longer than that and the temperature should be lowered to about 12°C to 14°C.
The vast majority of smart thermostats are designed to connect to your home's Wi-Fi network. For the system to work, you will need:
To start, you'll have to set different heating zones and schedules (daytime, nighttime, etc.). It's also possible to override a programme over a set period; for example, frost mode if you plan to be away for a while.
The hub is used to control the heating system according to your pre-programmed settings. It can also monitor your energy consumption to provide you with detailed reports.
A smart thermostat can be use to make your home more energy efficient alongside measures such as improving your hot water system and insulation, installing whole house ventilation and using a high efficiency heating system. All together, these measures aim to lower energy consumption and reduce household greenhouse gas emissions.
Guide written by:
Albert, Manager of a gardening service, Leicester, 69 guides
For several years I have been running a garden service with a clientele of both individuals and companies. I manage a team of gardeners and ensure the creation and maintenance of green spaces. At the same time, I bring my expertise to my clients in terms of the maintenance and improvement of their gardens. In fact, as a trainee and working in the hospitality industry at the beginning of my career, I focused on landscaping in a local community where I acquired solid technical skills through in-house training and the follow-up of major projects in a rapidly changing town. On a personal level, I am equally oriented towards the art of gardening. With my wife, I created our garden from start to finish and I maintain it carefully, the same goes for the vegetable garden. As for DIYing, it’s not to be outdone. Yes, gardening is also tinkering: pergolas, huts, pavements, fences, and so on...There is always something to do in a garden. After working well together, my wife and I are proud of the result and delighted to be able to take full advantage of a friendly and warm environment. So, let us give you advice and help you in your choice of tools, maintenance, or the improvement of your garden, nothing could be simpler.