While smart thermostat providers may make some pretty impressive claims about the sums you can save on your energy bills, it’s important to remember that how much you save will depend on your heating habits before you started using the smart thermostat.
According to Which?, most companies base their estimates of how much people will save on households who had their heating set to maintain a constant temperature throughout the day. If you already turn your heating off when you’re not in the house then your savings are likely to be less significant.
You may also find that your savings aren’t as high as you’d hoped if you:
- are quite forgetful: if you don’t use the app to switch your heating on and off as needed, you won’t see any savings.
- aren’t very tech-savvy: to get the most out of a smart thermostat you need to be able to use the smartphone or tablet app.
- move every few years: if you move house regularly you may not stay in your property long enough to recoup the cost of buying and installing a smart thermostat.
However, if you typically set your heating to a regular temperature at the start of winter, you could see your bills fall by a noticeable amount by using a smart thermostat to track and measure your energy usage.
To get the most out of a smart thermostat, it’s also worth taking other steps to reduce your energy bills, like making sure your home is properly insulated and comparing deals to ensure you’re on the best gas and electricity tariffs for you.