Using a Smartphone to Control Your Energy Bills.
In a world where the cost of energy is soaring, it’s more important than ever that homeowners ensure that they consume it as efficiently as possible. Fortunately, there are a number of technological tools out there that will lend a hand in this endeavour.
Scottish power are one of many energy providers to have launched a smartphone app. This particular innovation affords customers with greater control over their energy consumption than ever before. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which such an app can help you to manage your energy bills.
Monitor your energy usage
Perhaps the greatest advantage of using a smartphone app is that it will allow you to monitor how much energy you’re using. This means that you’ll be able to spot longer-term trends and also short-term blips – perhaps resulting from you accidentally leaving the heating on overnight. This provides a brilliant incentive to change your behaviours and ultimately save money – after all, it’s much harder to allow your heating bills to rise when you can see it happening in real time.
Manage your direct debit payments
A smartphone app will allow you to examine your direct debit payments at a glance. This will allow you to see exactly how much you’re paying and from which account. Moreover, you’ll be able to change things around from wherever you are in the world.
Submit your meter readings
As well as monitoring your energy consumption, you’ll be able to appraise your energy provider of it, too. The better apps will do this automatically, which means there’s no longer any need to scramble around in the garage or basement, squinting up at a dimly-lit dial.
Change your tariff
It might be that your smartphone app informs you that you’re spending rather more than you thought on your energy. There’s only so much you can cut back on your energy usage and so it might be that the only way to slash your bill further is to switch to a different tariff. With a smartphone app, this is easily done.
Control your heating directly
Perhaps the most impressive feature of this sort of application is that it allows you to control your thermostat directly. This means that, if you forget to dial back the thermostat on your way out of the house, you’ll be able to do it remotely, without making the trip home. If you decide to come home from the pub early, you’ll be able to turn the heating back up in advance, so you won’t walk into a freezing house!
It has never been easier to take precise control over your energy-consuming life and Scottish Power are by no means the only energy company to do this; other providers have invested heavily in developing their own smartphone-enabled heating technology. And of course, you can always use the traditional Scottish Power number to change your tariff, manage your payments and submit readings, if you’d prefer. Such is the power of the modern smartphone!