A new range of smart home kits has been rolled out by AGL, to assist its customers in reducing their energy bills through automated energy efficiency improvements.
The kits, which contain different smart home devices, consist of:
- Voice-activated lights
- Energy monitoring plugs
- Smart controllers for split air conditioning systems
- Smart speakers
AGL General Manager Product and Portfolio, Jo Egan, said customers could select from a range of smart home kits.
“Many customers are using more energy than they would usually as they continue to work from home, which will have an impact on their bills,” Ms Egan said.
“A way to address this is to follow our energy efficiency tips, but now, with these kits, customers can reap the benefits without having to lift a finger by automating control of appliances and lighting in their homes.
“These devices allow customers to set schedules, turn off devices on standby when they go to bed, turn off lights remotely and get the most out of their split systems.”
Ms Egan said a major benefit of automating the process of turning off appliances was that it minimised standby power, which can contribute to high bills.
“In a living room entertainment area, for example, devices left on standby can include televisions, games consoles, amplifiers and device chargers,” Ms Egan said.
“The Sensibo Sky smart controller can automatically turn split air conditioning systems on before customers arrive home and off when they leave, using phone locations, and allows customers to monitor temperature and humidity, and set program schedules to match their lifestyle preferences.
“This is important because studies show each one degree change in temperature setting increases heating costs by 15 per cent and cooling costs by 10 per cent.
“The kits, which cost between $108 and $420, provide an easy way for customers to help monitor their energy usage and automate control of their appliances and lighting, which sets them on their smart-home journey for an affordable monthly cost.“
A pilot offer of smart home kits was launched in 2019 and has been upgraded in response to customer feedback to provide more assistance with energy efficiency, particularly lighting, standby power, and heating and cooling.
“Customers can nominate their preferred digital assistant (Google or Alexa), select up to two starter kits to add to their AGL bill, and choose whether they want to pay them off over 12 or 24 months,” Ms Egan said.
To further improve energy efficiency, AGL offered the following tips and insights:
- Dirty filters reduce the efficiency of air conditioners and can increase costs by 5-15 per cent
- Install insulation because an insulated house is up to 50 per cent more efficient
- Up to 40 per cent of heat can leak through windows
- Draft-proofing homes can save up to 25 per cent on heating
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