Technology has changed the way we live. It’s a cliché but (like all clichés) it’s absolutely true. Technology has made things more efficient, more connected and more affordable. Take online shopping for example. You can buy anything from cheap train tickets to trousers in just a few clicks.
But are you making the most of what technology can do for you? Here we showcase some of our market-leading connected home technology – and give you a few life hacks that could save you money every day.
Money saving apps
There’s an app for everything these days. They make investing easier, selling a house cheaper, even save you money on your weekly shop. Make your smartphone work for you and it could pay for itself in a matter of months..
Coupon apps open up a world of discounts, on everything from restaurants to travel and even your groceries.
Cashback apps give you a small percentage back every time you spend. It can really add up by the end of the month.
With an app to help you monitor what you’re spending, you don’t go over your limit and incur costly credit card charges.
If you’re a British Gas customer, our app can help you manage your energy bills. Use your smart meter to set yourself an energy-spend target for each month. And sign up for our handy updates to help you stay on track.
Follow your favourite brands
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all keep you connected to friends and family (not to mention your favourite celebrities). But social media can also save you money on your favourite brands. Follow them online and get exclusive offers and discounts as a reward for your loyalty.
A connected home is an efficient home
We’re at the forefront of creating technology to help you monitor and reduce the amount of energy you use. Your energy bill is one of your significant monthly expenses, so we’re doing everything we can to help you cut it down to size.
With Hive Active Heating you can control your heating with your phone – from wherever you are. Forgot to turn the heat down when you went away on holiday? No problem, use the app to stop your home wasting energy while you’re not there.
Use the Hive thermostat to set up zones within the house so you only heat the rooms you’re using. Hive even uses geo-location. It knows when all the smartphones (and the people) are out of the house and turns the heating off for you.
Hive doesn’t just put you in control. You could save up to £120 a year on your energy bills by never having to heat an empty home. It’s easy to use and easy to install. You don’t need to change your boiler or your energy supplier – and you don’t have to be a British Gas customer.
Know how much energy you’re using, and how to reduce it
How do you know which energy saving tips and tricks will save you the most? A British Gas Smart Meter comes with a smart energy monitor, so you can see how much energy you’re using and how much it’s costing in pounds and pence.
Turn the thermostat down by one degree and watch the effect on your meter. You probably won’t notice any change to the cosiness of your home, but the Energy Saving Trust says it could save you around £80 a year. Not to mention 320kg of carbon dioxide emissions.*
Energy saving tips and tricks
We’ve put together a guide to help you save energy (and money) in your home. Some are simple lifestyle-change ideas, some use the latest technology to cut your gas and electricity bills down to size. Download it here.
Free energy days
Most retailers offer loyalty programmes. And at British Gas we’re no different. The British Gas Rewards programme is our way of saying “thank you” to all our loyal customers. We help them save money, with big discounts on family days out and at great restaurants too. We treat our customers to movie nights, and we also have a range of more practical gifts like free energy on our Loyalty Days.
If you’re a British Gas customer, join Rewards free.
If you’re not, get an energy quote.
The money-saving technology of the future
It’s never advisable to predict the future but one thing is for certain. There are more money-saving technologies just around the corner. Economies are moving towards a cashless future, electric cars are coming down in price, developments in green energy technology will make sustainability affordable for everyone. Whatever happens, technology will continue to change our lives. Watch the video and find out what ours could do for you today.