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!

 

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My name is Lisa and my husband Carl, and I are the owners of the Night Helper Blog. We have been married for over 30 years and we have three awesome children, plus four adorable very active grandkids. From time to time they too are contributors to the Night Helper Blog. We enjoy reading, listening to music, entertaining, travel, movies and of course blogging. The Night Helper blog was created in 2008. Since then we have been blessed to partner with many well-known Brands like Best Buy, Fisher Price, Toys "R" US., Hasbro, Disney, Teleflora, ClearCorrect, Radio Shack, VTech, KIA Motor, MAZDA and many other great brands.

82 thoughts on “Using a Smartphone to Control Your Energy Bills.

  • November 12, 2015 at 10:14 pm
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    I like to be in control via cell phone to do the control of anything. This is a really great gadget control.

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  • November 11, 2015 at 9:27 pm
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    This great to be able to control your heat when you are away from home.

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  • November 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm
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    I have never heard of this before. This is a wonderful idea.

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  • November 10, 2015 at 5:53 am
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    OH NOOOoooooo! I’m in trouble…my hubby will be doing this to me, changing the heat settings at our house. He already gets me changing the channel with the smart phone! But is really cool. I mean hot. I mean cold. lol!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 11:35 pm
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    yes!! i want to use this

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  • November 9, 2015 at 10:27 pm
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    I DID NOT KNOW THIS

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  • November 9, 2015 at 8:50 pm
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    Didn’t know you could do this.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 7:40 pm
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    I want to start doing this!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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    I did know this could be done, but it is expensive.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm
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    I don’t have a smartphone, but it’s amazing all they can do!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 5:47 am
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    I did not know you could use a smart phone to control your heat, thanks!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 4:38 am
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    I would love to use this to control my home’s heat.

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  • November 8, 2015 at 9:50 pm
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    I think that it is a fantastic way to control your homes temps.

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  • November 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm
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    No, I hadn’t heard of this before.

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  • November 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm
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    I have heard of this before. I did not know, though, that it was this easy to do it, until now.

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  • November 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm
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    No I didn’t know that you phone can control your heat. Thank you for sharing this.

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  • November 8, 2015 at 5:10 pm
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    I did not know you could control your heat from your smartphone. would be useful when you’re away from home.

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  • November 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm
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    I think this would be awesome to control the heat. I always turn it way down when we leave the house so being able to turn it up an hour or so before coming home would be great. No walking into a cold home.

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  • November 8, 2015 at 10:09 am
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    I didn’t know that, amazing what they can do!

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  • November 8, 2015 at 10:07 am
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    The things you can do with your a mazes me.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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    I didn’t know about all these features.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm
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    I didn’t know this.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 8:16 am
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    I did not know this. This would be great. I try to control our energy use

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  • November 7, 2015 at 1:27 am
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    I know they have that but I do not trust the security- Never going in my house.

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  • November 6, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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    Technology!! It’s really blown up since I was a kid!!!

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  • November 5, 2015 at 7:22 pm
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    Now this is very cool & something I need right now! We have a home up north that we are currently deciding what to do with it & this would be great for that! Plus I would love this option in our new home! Thanks for the info!

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  • November 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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    This is a great idea–it’s always good to track stuff like this!

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  • November 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm
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    i did know about this and am wanting it!!

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  • November 3, 2015 at 9:43 pm
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    This is amazing, and who knew there was an app for this, which I love, just makes things so much easier for one..

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  • November 3, 2015 at 7:36 pm
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    I’ve been wanting to set up my smartphone with a smart thermostat for a long time. It’s expensive though… I do use my phone for most everything that I can though!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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    I didn’t know about this, but I’m going to tell my hubby about it tomorrow! Anything that would help me control the thermostat and save money would be awesome!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 9:47 pm
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    brilliant! another great idea to help save where we can.

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  • November 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm
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    I did not know you could use your smart phone to control your heat. Very useful

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  • November 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm
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    I had no idea you could do that! Very cool

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  • November 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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    I would never have known this, but then again, I’m pretty far behind the times!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 9:39 am
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    This is one app that I would use. My power bills are ridiculous to start with so anything I could use to help reduce/control them is awesome.

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  • November 2, 2015 at 5:37 am
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    Thanks for review learn something new everyday!

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  • November 1, 2015 at 4:09 pm
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    I was not aware of this app. Too bad I don’t own a smart phone.

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  • November 1, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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    I didn’t know you could use your Smartphone to control your heat before this article, but now I do! Thanks 🙂

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  • November 1, 2015 at 1:44 pm
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    This is really cool!

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  • November 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm
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    I had no idea that there is an app capable of these functions. I think being able to see what I’m using and the effects of that use could considerably help in some situations. Thanks so much for this post about this app.

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  • November 1, 2015 at 7:12 am
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    Sounds like a fairly good idea but I do not have a smart phone.

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  • November 1, 2015 at 6:15 am
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    Not really sure about the heat control part

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  • November 1, 2015 at 5:00 am
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    This is a very neat idea!

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  • November 1, 2015 at 3:23 am
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    Wish I had a smartphone

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  • November 1, 2015 at 2:40 am
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    I must have this

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  • November 1, 2015 at 1:21 am
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    I didn’t know I could use this to control my heat but, wow, it’s a pretty cool app! Technology is just amazing. 🙂

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  • November 1, 2015 at 1:13 am
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    Great idea but I turn my heat OFF when no one is home. Seems like such a waste to keep it heated. I guess I would set it at a certain temp and make sure the house nvr gets colder than that.

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  • October 31, 2015 at 10:47 am
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    As they say, You learn something new every day! Thank you for sharing!

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  • October 31, 2015 at 4:58 am
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    I did not know this and I will let Chris know about it. We love to save in any way that we can and thank you for sharing.

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  • October 31, 2015 at 1:46 am
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    It can control heat? Really, that is amazing. I love heat. I am always cold during the midst fall/winter time.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm
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    Awesome…never knew!

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  • October 30, 2015 at 7:18 pm
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    how amazing this is,,i sure would love to try this

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  • October 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm
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    wow now that is great that it can control the heat love that ideal so easy it looks like also

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  • October 30, 2015 at 11:50 am
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    I did not know you could use your smartphone for this. I need to see if my power company is one the app works with.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 11:40 am
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    I have a Wink hub and an old Zwave thermostat. Doesnt work great, but I can at least control temperature and such remotely. It is nice.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 11:28 am
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    I had no idea i could do that

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  • October 30, 2015 at 1:18 am
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    I was not aware that you could use a smartphone to control your heat. I don’t have a smartphone anyhow.

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  • October 29, 2015 at 11:28 am
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    That’s amazing! I did not know that you could use a Smartphone to Control Your Energy Bills!

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  • October 29, 2015 at 1:13 am
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    This app is a great way to both economize and conserve energy.

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  • October 28, 2015 at 10:02 pm
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    no i didn’t know you could use this to control your heat.

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  • October 28, 2015 at 9:38 pm
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    That’s interesting

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  • October 28, 2015 at 6:11 pm
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    I had no idea you could use your smartphone to control your heat! This would save my family a lot of money!

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  • October 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm
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    I did not know you could do this. What a great idea!

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  • October 28, 2015 at 5:47 pm
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    That would be just what I need for when I`m not at home. That gas bill is a killer every month.

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  • October 28, 2015 at 5:08 pm
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    This is a great idea! I had no idea there was such a thing!

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  • October 28, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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    This is a great idea but I would have to have my kids help me use it!

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  • October 28, 2015 at 4:32 pm
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    I carefully control my energy bills myself already. But, I didn’t know about this.

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  • October 28, 2015 at 7:05 am
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    This is good to know. I like being able to control the temps

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  • October 28, 2015 at 3:47 am
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    I did not know that

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  • October 28, 2015 at 12:26 am
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    This is cool. You can be away and control your heat.

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  • October 27, 2015 at 6:36 pm
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    I’d heard this but had not checked it out/

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  • October 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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    Yes, I have heard about this. It is a very neat idea!

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  • October 27, 2015 at 11:43 am
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    Wow-I had no idea.

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  • October 27, 2015 at 11:35 am
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    All I have is a land line phone. I have no idea how to use a smart phone, let alone control the heat with it.

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  • October 27, 2015 at 10:57 am
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    I had no idea!! Super cool!!

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