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Igloo Energy moves into smart home services market

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Written by: Emma Lunn
01/10/2019
Igloo Works will partner with smart device brands such as Samsung, tado, PassivSystems and RolecEV.

Igloo Energy plans to offer customers personalised energy savings recommendations based on their individual home and how it uses energy.

The challenger energy brand claims customers will see savings on their energy bills and benefit from government incentives worth more than £8,600.

Igloo Works will offer products and services designed to help customers’ homes become smarter, more efficient and cheaper to run. These will include a range of intelligent connected home and energy solutions, such as hybrid heating, smart thermostats, and electric vehicle (EV) charging.

Igloo says that by getting to know its customers’ homes and their energy consumption, it can estimate how much a product will reduce their bills, before recommending it to them.

The challenger brand says it is on a mission to save households money, so if a product won’t reduce a customer’s bill, it won’t recommend it.

Matt Clemow, CEO and co-founder of Igloo Energy, said: “Since we launched in 2017, we’ve been providing our customers with insights on how they can reduce their energy consumption to drive down their bills. Through Igloo Works we’re now giving our customers more choice and opportunities to learn about their energy usage inside and outside the home.

“By using smart home technology, we’re putting customers back in control so they can make conscious decisions to reduce their usage, positively impacting the planet and lowering their bills.”

Smart thermostats

Heating homes forms the largest proportion of energy bills. Through Igloo Works, customers will be able to install a tado smart thermostat to reduce the amount of heat being wasted.

With tado, households can control their heating from their phones and receive notifications to turn the heating down, or off, when no one is in or if windows are open.

To ensure homes stay warm, the thermostat will integrate weather information to control the indoor heating based on outside temperature, as well as help to identify any climate issues such as air quality or mould risk.

Hybrid heating

By 2025 it will be illegal to install gas boilers in new build homes so Igloo Energy is offering customers hybrid heating to futureproof their homes.

Hybrid heating allows customers to heat their homes by using a combination of their existing boiler and an air source heat pump and smart controls.

Once combined these components create a heating system that uses less energy, costs less to run and is better for the environment.

Igloo customers will be encouraged to have a meter, monitoring and service package (MMSP) installed. This ensures that the system is always working efficiently and customers will earn £1,610 from the government by having it.

EV charging

Igloo Energy has released the Igloo Smart EV app so drivers can easily charge their cars, whilst reducing dirty emissions.

Currently, most EV drivers have no control over the type of energy used to charge their vehicles as the National Grid is supplied by a combination of sources, including renewables and traditional sources. Through the app, drivers can track and control when their car is charging, whilst also reducing carbon emissions by an additional 20 per cent.

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