Smart homes: using tech to lower your bills

Are you wasting money on power? Alex Meehan investigates if technology could play a part in helping you to cut costs

To lower power usage and keep energy bills down, lowering the thermostat on your heating system by a degree or two and reducing the amount of time that heating is switched on for each day can produce noticeable results

If you’re like the average Irish householder, then the most recent electricity bill to come through the letterbox probably came as a shock. Depending on how you heat and power your home, it’s likely that your bills have doubled or more in size, and even allowing for government subsidies, swallowing increases like that is hard to do.

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And with industry analysts saying that ...