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Tom's tips

Optimize comfort and reduce the electricity bill

Tips and tricks from our team to use the full potential of your smart home.

With Sinopé devices, it’s easy to reduce your electricity bill.

Neviweb offers many features and allows you to control many parameters to reduce energy consumption without compromising comfort.

Here are some tips from Tom, our tech support lead.

Create an Energy Saving scene

You can create scenes for all devices in Neviweb. Don’t hesitate to use this great feature! Create a scene called “Energy Saving” or “Bedrooms”, and assign specific setpoints to your thermostats. For instance, make sure unused rooms are at 15 °C, while others could be at a higher temperature. Create a “Night” scene or an “At Work” scene that you can easily activate by pressing a button in Neviweb.

 

Pro Tip: Close the doors of the rooms that are less used or less heated to prevent your heating system from trying to heat them up.

 

Your utility offers dynamic pricing? Neviweb will integrate new features to allow moderate or aggressive savings, based on the level of comfort desired.

Control the setpoint

People regularly report that their children or tenants tend to increase the temperature of the thermostats. You probably experience the same situation if you live in a bi-generational house. In these cases, here are our two favourite options:

1) Lock the manual control of the thermostats by selecting the option in the parameters of each device;

2) Set a maximum set temperature for each device. The other members of the household will be able to increase the heat to a certain level, without being abusive.

For the love of comfort

In the settings of your thermostats, turn on the Early Start setting (available for Web Programmable devices only). It’s your best ally to return to a comfortable home without the need to heat to full capacity at all times. Our powerful algorithms allow thermostats to determine when heating should be activated so that the set temperature is reached.

Heat according to your lifestyle

Program schedules (Web Programmable devices) or time automations (Zigbee devices). A drop of 3 °C for a few hours reduces your bill by 5%. Set the temperature to 18 °C at night and when you are at work, to ensure easy savings.

Pro Tip: Use the “Copy to another day” and “Copy to another device” options in Neviweb. You will have programmed all the schedules of your devices in just a few seconds! Don’t forget to put your devices in automatic mode to follow the established schedule. For Zigbee devices: time automations allow you to select multiple devices at once.

Geofencing (upcoming)

Neviweb will soon integrate the geofencing feature for Programmable Web and Zigbee devices. By activating this feature, users will be able to trigger actions by moving away or approaching the house. By doing so, the energy consumption will be mainly based on the presence of users at home.

Your best friend: the consumption history

Neviweb generates ultra-precise consumption history graphs. Sinopé Technologies is specializing in energy efficiency, which reflects in everything we design.

These graphs show the electricity consumption expressed in dollars, kilowatt-hours, and percentage of use for a day, a week, or a month. While the dollar and kilowatt-hour graphs give a good idea of what you use and pay for, the percentage provides valuable and crucial information to understand your home better.

The percentage expresses the use over time. If you look at a 24-hour chart and the thermostat shows 50%, it means that the unit has been running 50% of the time, so for 12 hours. Typically, a thermostat should not work 100% of the time. The explanation is simple: your house is insulated and should be able to retain the heat generated by your heating system. Besides, your home has many other sources that generate heat, such as lighting and your appliances.

If the percentage of use of a thermostat is very high, it is possible that the room has inadequate insulation or that a window is left open.

Energy consumption graphics - Neviweb by Sinopé

Test your home

Not sure if a room has inadequate insulation or air leaks? You can compare two rooms together to assess the situation better. Set the thermostats of similar-sized rooms to the same temperature and close the doors of these rooms. Percentages differ a lot from one to another? It’s a clue that there is an air leak or a weak spot that lets the cold in.

8 responses to “Tom’s tips – how to reduce your energy bill”

  1. David Lewis says:

    Is the early start feature available with the ZigBee thermostats? If not, when will it be introduced? Thanks!

  2. David Lewis says:

    I have two feature suggestions: [1]Rather than having to guess how early I want a room heated for a certain time, could the thermostat turn on earlier to achieve the set temperature? For example: I want the kitchen to 20° C at 7 AM. Rather than setting the thermostat for 20° C at 6:30 AM to start warming up the kitchen, couldn’t there be an easier way? [2] Could the display on thermostats be dimmed or turned off according to a schedule? Bedroom thermostat displays turned off at night (synchronized with lowering the temperature?) would be a great feature!
    Thanks…

    • Valérie Sinopé says:

      Hello David,
      Thank you for your interest in our products. Concerning your first suggestion, you can use the early start feature with Wi-Fi or Mi-Wi thermostats. When the early start feature is enabled, the thermostat determines when to start heating in order to obtain the desired temperature by the time set in your schedule.
      We shared your second suggestion with our research and development team.

      Best regards,
      The Sinopé team

  3. s says:

    A wifi switch that doesn’t require a neutral wire for all the households that were built before that standard would be greatly appreciated.

    • Isabelle Sinopé says:

      Hi,
      Thank you for your suggestion.
      We will transfer your request to the product development team.
      The Sinopé Team

  4. mimapostol says:

    Very nice post Tom! Geo-fencing will nice addition to the home automation. Few questions:
    -How are you going to sense motion. Is there going to be a new device in the Eco system?
    -Can you add the “Early start” to the ZigBee devices.

    • Isabelle Sinopé says:

      Hi,
      Geofencing will work with mobile devices only. We will not sense motion.
      We are always working on new products.
      We will not be adding the “Early Start” as this feature will be replaced by geofencing.
      Thank you for your interest in our products.
      THe Sinopé Team

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