Did you know heating and cooling counts for 40% of the average Australian household’s energy bill? Smart technologies can keep your home comfortable while helping you to save on your electricity bills. Here's a look at some of the top innovations in heating and cooling today.
Keeping your home at the perfect temperature is now a breeze with smart thermostats. Thanks to Wi-Fi enabled sensors, smart thermostats can:
- Automatically detect ambient conditions in the environment, such as heat and humidity.
- Adjust the temperature setting based on your actual usage patterns and behaviours.
- Learn from your past actions and behaviours.
- Set the temperature based on your movements – for example, turning up the heat when you get out of bed, or switching on the AC when you’re driving home from work.
With a smart thermostat, you also can control your home’s temperature remotely via your smartphone and see your energy consumption in real-time. A smart thermostat takes the guesswork out of finding the right temperature setting, significantly reducing your energy consumption and saving you 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling1.
Like smart thermostats, smart fans can automatically sense thermal conditions and movements in a room, adjusting the fan speed as required. Instead of having to remember to switch off the fan every time you leave a room, the smart fan conveniently turns itself off – that’s efficient!
Wi-Fi enabled split system
From chilly winters to tropical heat, Australia is home to many climates and seasons. That's what makes Wi-Fi enabled, split-system, reverse-cycle air conditioners so versatile. Reverse-cycle AC systems can both heat and cool, providing full climate control in any season.
The addition of Wi-Fi control means you can remotely have bi-directional control of your air conditioner via your smartphone or online. Plus, some AC’s can monitor the temperature throughout the night and will turn on or off when the room needs adjusting back to a base temperature so you don’t need the AC running all night. These systems mean you stay comfortable while still being energy efficient.
Home automation can help make your home more energy efficient by giving you more control over your energy usage. You can also save by making sure you're on the best value electricity and gas plan.
1. Energy Savings - White Paper (pdf)