If you are currently considering Nest installation as a way to save money on your energy bills, then you may be thinking about who could save with the device and who couldn’t. Although there is a lot of scope to save money with smart thermostats, it is important to understand that, actually, not all groups of people would benefit. Therefore, it is vital to think about who would and wouldn’t be able to make the most of a smart meter, as this means that you can understand the potential savings, and see whether you could make the most of them.
Who COULD save money?
- Those who are comfortable with technology, and are already used to having built it into their life to control many things that would have been done manually in the past.
- If you are busy, and usually leave your heating on all day if you want to come home to a warm home, this will help you a lot, as it means you can turn on your heating any time, wherever you are in the world (so long as, of course, you can connect to the internet).
- If you have a very regular routine, and tend to do things at the same times on the same days, this could help you to save a lot of time and money – as you will simply be able to set your heating to come on when you need it to based on your schedule.
- If you are planning to remain in your current home for a few years, you should find that the savings that you make on your energy bills cover the initial cost of installation.
Who probably WON’T save money?
- If you’re not used to using a computer, then you may find that you are not able to benefit from a smart meter, as it will take too long to learn how to use the apps, and you never never get to grips with it to enough of an extent to make the most of all of the features.
- If you tend to forget things regularly, this might not be the best idea for you – as you may well simply forget to use your app to control your heating until it’s too late and you’re already home.
- If you are planning to move house, and you want to make the move as soon as possible, a smart thermostat may not be a good idea, as you might not remain in your property for enough time to actually cover the costs.
- If your property has poor insulation, keeping it warm can be difficult whether you have a smart meter or not. Sorting out insulation issues should be a priority, then you may be able to make the most of a smart thermostat.
Generally, there are many people who may be able to benefit from having a smart thermostat installed. If you are one of these people, then it makes sense to research installation and get the ball rolling – as you certainly have a lot to gain in the long term.