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Spring into Smart

Start Spring right by hopping into some smart tech.

The seasons are changing and Spring is blossoming. Temperatures are all over the place, some days it's chilly, others you can feel the kiss of summer looming. This is when smart technology in the home can really come in handy, and help you reduce your energy use when you don't need it. Read on to find out more!

Get in control

It's time to make your home smart. You may already have a smart TV and a smart phone, but do you have a smart thermostat?

With a smart thermostat, get in control of your heating at home. You may be out, waiting for the bus to get home, and feel a chill. Turn your heating on with your smart phone and feel the toasty warmth when you get in! Alternatively, the sun may poke its head out of the clouds and you want to turn off your pre-set heating. Just grab your phone and turn on the Nest app!

Time for an upgrade

Have you upgraded your meter to smart yet? Smart meters send reads automatically to your energy provider, meaning no more trudges through the dark to find your meter, and fewer read mistakes. Primarily though, you get more accurate bills, which means lower chances of over or under paying for your energy use!

Turn up the heat

A quick fire way to decrease your bills at home is to turn your heating off. But we know this isn't always practical if there's a chill in the air. This is why at ENGIE we are always innovating, such as our district heating scheme in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Comprising of a biomass boiler and a Combined Heat and Power generator, we provide hot water to 3000 homes and businesses while saving 11,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Save it for later

Solar panels have been around for years, but one of the main questions has always been "what if the sun isn't shining?". We know this is the case in the UK more often than we'd like, but there is a way around it.

With a battery connected to your solar panels, you can store this energy when the sun is shining and use it later, rather than exporting much of the energy back to the grid. There's also the option of charging the battery during cheaper periods of energy supply, and using it when supply is more expensive, often in the evenings.

ENGIE is always innovating, and solar batteries are something we are trialing in homes currently. Watch this space for when it may become available!

Interested in smart technology? Follow #SmartSpring on Twitter, or like our Facebook page to see more!

24th May 2019

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