How to save on your electricity bill with nine technological solutions
The new electricity bill that the Government has presented has become a topic of conversation and an inexhaustible source of memes. You can also react in a more practical way and use technology to try to take advantage of the changes and save. Sockets, bulbs, thermostats, devices that connect to the electrical panel. The market offers some solutions for those who want and can invest some money in lowering their electricity costs.
Wifi socket Energygeeks EG-EW003MC: a smart pacifier
This outlet connects to the internet via Wi-Fi to be controlled via the app and to control the devices that we connect. From turning lights or other devices on and off remotely or following a specific schedule by eliminating the mode standby, this plug goes towards efficiency by the simplest way: turning off the unnecessary when it is not necessary, the so-called “phantom consumption”.
Xiaomi smart bulb: bulbs that think
This system of smart bulbs allows to improve the domestic light with a lighting controlled from the mobile. Connected to the network, the bulb is capable of emitting warm and cold white lights in an ultra efficient way, as well as generating light scenes and in a completely programmable way. Greater intelligence for less consumption.
From € 19.90
Dlink DSP-W118 Smart Plug: Ghosts Out
This power strip with Stand By suppressor and Wi-Fi connection insists on eliminating the phantom consumption of connected devices in standby, from the TV to the computer, to automatically disconnect them and ensure energy savings. In addition to communicating directly with any of the main robotic assistants on the market, it is capable of regulating the preset kW / h consumption through its native smartphone app.
Honeywell Lyric T6: Smart Thermostat
Those who have given themselves hands and feet to that thing of home automation assure that so much digital spy installed in their homes and connected to the internet (and to the Mossad) frees them from all evil for the sake of sacrosanct efficiency. This smart thermostat, with a touch screen and in direct communication with Siri (HomeKit), Alexa and the Google Assistant system, is capable of communicating with heating boilers and generating energy savings via the app.
Smappee: a consumption manager
A Galician emerging company has just given birth to this device that was created to efficiently manage household electrical consumption. Connected to the electrical panel of the home, Smappee automatically detects which of our appliances are consuming more energy, distinguishing between instantaneous consumption and phantom consumption. The data generated, sent to the smartphone wirelessly, proposes tables and notifications of the electrical footprint of the home, for ultra-efficient consumption.
Nest Learning Thermostat: the manager that thinks for you
This subsidiary company of Google has set itself the objective of automating our homes from devices that can be understood with smartphones, PCs, tablets with smart thermostats, video surveillance or locks. Its intelligent and self-programmable thermostat, which already for the third generation, learns from the user and is operated through a smartphone.
Netatmo NTH01-ES-EC: A signature robot
The franchise designer Philippe Starck signs this smart thermostat capable of controlling the heating and lighting of the home by simply touching it. Its adjustment functions, through the always well-intentioned robotic assistants of Google, Apple or Amazon, promise savings, efficiency and convenience for the sake of comfort, the talisman word of the 21st century before climate change.
199 € www.netatmo.com/es-es
Wattio: with a Spanish accent
This device, connected through Zigbee technology, promises a home automation control translated into comfort and energy savings of around 10%. Through several synchronous devices, the Wattio system is able to measure the energy consumed and connect or disconnect the sockets autonomously, as well as the boiler and the refrigeration system or monitor the consumption from lights and plugs. In addition, it is fully controllable via the app from the smartphone.
€ 649.90 (the system) https://wattio.com/es
Siri, Alexa and Google Home: economizing robots
More than intelligent and thoughtful answers, the digital assistants on the market are barely able to recognize the voice and call by name and even to give some ingenious answer, although the excesses and gaffes are sounded. Although robots learn. And fast. And by dint of listening to human conversations, the programmers are tuning these beings so that, in addition to putting the album you like or informing you of the weather, the dystopia begins to be a reality and we believe that we are interacting with an intelligent and wonderful machine that is capable of everything. For now, they take care of simple tasks such as turning the lights on and off and, well managed, they can be the home automation heart of the efficient home of the future. The price, our privacy.