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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with a Smart Thermostat

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Smart thermostats have soared in popularity in recent years, and it’s easy to see why.  We all want to reduce our carbon footprint, but not at the cost of cutting corners and shivering in the cold!  For those looking to save bundles of energy and money, smart thermostats are stylish solutions that promise a whole new level of comfortable and automated heating control.

Smart thermostats connect to your home’s internet and allow you to control your heating remotely from your mobile phone, tablet or computer.  Smart thermostats also learn from you to programme themselves and automatically adjust your HVAC settings for optimal performance.  Like it toasty in the morning and cooler in the evening?  A smart thermostat will adjust the temperature accordingly.  Forgot to turn off the heating on your way to work?  Don’t worry, the smart thermostat already did.  Designed to stop you using more energy than you have to, these smart home devices make it a whole lot easier to do your bit for the planet.  

How can a smart thermostat reduce my energy usage?

According to the Energy Technologies Institute, around 20% of the UK’s carbon emissions stem from domestic heating systems.  To address this issue, smart thermostats work with many types of gas and renewable heating systems to deliver greater energy savings.  Smart thermostats are compatible with gas boilers, biomass boilers, air-source and ground source heat pumps, and can save homeowners up to 20% on their annual heating bills.

Control it remotely

How many times have you left the heating running because the thermostat is downstairs or it slipped your mind?  With a smart thermostat, you can adjust your home’s heating using an app on your smart device.  This feature is especially ideal for maximising parental control.  If your children are cranking up the heating when you are away, simply use your mobile to check the temperature and turn it down!

Self-programming models

Premium smart thermostats such as Vaillant vSmart  and Nest can save you energy by thinking for you.  Using self-programming algorithms, they learn as you heat and calculate what times of the day you prefer it to be warmer or cooler.  After a short amount of time, they create an auto schedule for your home – managing your heating so you don’t have to.  If you forget to turn the heating off, a smart thermostat will recognise that this isn’t part of your usual routine and will lower the temperature for you.   

Clever technology

Smart thermostats have handy Auto-Away functions to prevent any unnecessary energy wastage.  Built-in motion sensors detect whether or not someone is at home and tell the thermostat to turn down the temperature when you are away.  By programming your heating in an energy efficient manner, certain models will even use the internet to check the weather forecast – preventing over-heating on warmer days and adjusting your heating to climate conditions such as humidity.

Energy usage reports.

Knowledge is power!  This is why smart thermostats provide you with personalised heating usage reports.  Hive will compare your energy usage to other homeowners in your area, and the Nest Learning Thermostat will even use your heating history to challenge you to choose temperatures lower than what you are used to.  Both informative and motivating, smart thermostats provide you with all the necessary information you need so you can reduce your carbon footprint.

Zoned heating systems

Using a smart thermostat to zone your heating system is a highly efficient way of limiting your energy usage.  A zoned heating system lets you heat up to 12 rooms individually and is especially ideal for large family homes and multi occupancy apartments.  Simply programme your preferred temperature for each room and avoid over-heating empty spaces around the house.  By switching your existing heating system to a smart zoning system, you could deliver as much as 40% savings on your home heating bill.

We all have a responsibility to manage our energy consumption, and it’s the smallest of changes that can make the biggest of differences.  Widely available at PlumbNation at a low-cost price, smart thermostats make it possible to protect both your savings and the environment.

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Ten Things

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Hello hello!  Good week?  Is it just me or does it feel like Sunday has rolled around especially fast this week?  After quite a busy week my plans for the day include all the exciting stuff such as tidying up, as our house looks like a total mess right now (keeping it real!), and my daughter has put in a request to bake scones.  I also plan to binge watch the new series of Top of The Lake as the last series was just so good.

Here are some interesting things I’ve read this week:

1. In case you haven’t heard, the big environmental news of the week is that Britain is to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040.  I think it’s a good step, but not the best step – I believe relying on technology to carry on business as normal is the easy road.  I think the Government has to take a more progressive stance, and invest more in providing better alternatives to car use.  So funding better and safer walking and cycle routes and facilities; reducing the cost of public transport; expanding the routes and frequency of public transport; and so many other things that I could spend the whole day listing.  But I won’t, don’t worry (I save that for my day job!).

2. The 21 kids suing the Trump administration over inaction on climate change are inspiring similar cases around the world.  And winning.

3. Millennials are encouraging retailers to commit to transparent pricing, and it’s helping to encourage those involved in the production are being paid a fair wage.  Way to go millennials!

4.  The power of habit – why we do what we do.  I’m not normally into stuff like this, but I’m listening to this TEDx talk right now and it’s pretty fascinating.  He’s written a book by the same name too* and I’m tempted!

5.  “For years we’ve able to buy gluten-free, dairy-free, and fat-free, so why not plastic-free?” – 9 out of 10 people in the UK want to see supermarkets introduce a plastic free aisle.  I am on board with this!

6.  Related: a petition to sign asking supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables.

7.  Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals.

8.  Could paying people to stop chopping down trees be the answer to deforestation?  It may well be.

9. The three most important things to look for on a clothing label.

10. And finally, Edinburghers, get rewarded by recycling!

And from the Moral Fibres archives:

Handy tips to make fresh food last longer.

I still love this beautiful home in Bristol.

Small ideas to incorporate a green roof into your home.

Enjoy your Sunday!