Can EDF HeatSmart and Netatmo cut your heating bills?Which? tries out the new Netatmo smart thermostat
20 February 2015
Can a smart thermostat which lets you control your heating on the move help cut your energy costs? We tried out the Netatmo thermostat from EDF - find out how it compares to alternatives from Nest and Hive.
EDF is the latest energy company to begin offering smart thermostats to consumers. Its new HeatSmart package costs £199, and this includes a smart thermostat by Netatmo as well as professional installation.
The smart thermostat's manufacturer, Netatmo, says it could save you up to 25% on your heating bills, but what did our researcher think when she tried it out?
Find out more about our researcher's experience, and whether you can cut your energy bills, with our first look review of the Netatmo thermostat.
Smart thermostats: Hive, Nest or Netatmo?
EDF's HeatSmart thermostat by Netatmo is the latest of a number of smart thermostats to hit the market in recent months, but how does it compare with some of the others?
Like the British Gas Hive smart thermostat, the Netatmo will set you back £199 for the thermostat and installation. And both are available to all consumers - you don't have to be a British Gas customer to buy Hive, for example.
Netatmo has a learning function, which sets heating patterns according to your behaviour. This function is a little more basic on the HeatSmart than the £249 Nest thermostat, but it's also £50 cheaper.
See what we thought of the alternative smart heating controls in our Nest thermostat first look review and our Hive thermostat first look review.
Could a smart thermostat cut your energy bills?
Depending on your lifestyle and the product you buy, smart thermostats do have money-saving potential. But only if you use them to help reduce your consumption.
If you do manage to make savings, the considerable up-front costs of the thermostats currently available could take a good while to make back on your energy bills. So it's worth considering other ways you could cut costs, like switching suppliers.
Some of the thermostats on the market let you monitor your energy use over set periods of time, and keeping an eye on what you're using is a good way to start reducing your consumption.
If you're thinking of buying a smart heating control, find out more about the different features of those available and which one's best for you by visiting our smart heating controls comparison table.