What is a Smart Thermostat and why would I want one?

A Smart home thermostat lets you control your heating and hot water with your smart phone, tablet or computer – anytime, anywhere.

*OVO offered Smart thermostats to energy customers from 11 February 2015 to 21 March 2015. This offer is no longer available. If you’re having problems with your Smart thermostat, please call Salus Support on 01226 323961.  

A wireless room thermostat will make your life a little easier 

Say, for example, you went on holiday and forgot to change the settings on your timer – you could adjust them while you’re away using your phone, tablet or computer. Or you could turn your heating off when you leave for work in the morning, and then turn it back on again when you’re heading home. That way it’ll be nice and cosy when you walk in.

It’ll help you cut your bills, too 

75% of your home’s energy bill is spent on heating and hot water, so your thermostat plays a big part in controlling how much you use.

Although we don’t know exactly how much you’ll save, The Energy Saving Trust says that using a thermostat properly can save you between £70 and £150 a year. And as a Smart thermostat gives you even more control and flexibility than a standard one, you might save more. That’s because you’ll only ever use your heating and hot water when you need it.

What’s the OVO wireless thermostat all about? 

It’s called the Salus iT500 Smart thermostat. It’s made up of 3 main devices:

  • The Receiver - this'll be wired to your boiler and mounted on a nearby wall. It allows your thermostat to 'talk' to and control your boiler.
  • The Thermostat - this wireless, battery-powered device can either be mounted on a wall in a room, or used as a portable device around your house. It lets you turn the temperature up or down and set schedules when you're home. It'll also sense when the temperature of the room has dropped below a certain level, and will switch on.
  • The Gateway - this wirelessly connects your thermostat to the internet (you plug it into your broadband router with an Ethernet cable). 

Just so you know, we use standard SSL encryption and https for communications with the website and apps, which means the system is secure. You also don’t need to worry about it using that much of your broadband data as it only uses about 512kb a month. That said, it’ll use a bit more during setup and when you’re updating the software (up to 5MB).

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