In the last few years, we’ve seen the popularity of smart home devices rise exponentially, from smart speakers to virtual assistants, to smart lighting, to smart home thermostats; there are any number of smart home devices these days designed to enhance your home living experience.
However, as with any new type of technology or product, it can sometimes be difficult to justify running out and buying it as soon as it hits the shelves before you’ve had a proper chance to gauge its ultimate utility to your lifestyle - especially when such devices are costly.
If you’ve been toying with the idea of investing in a smart home device or two but have yet to take the plunge, now could be your chance to get a flavour for not one, but a few of the leading and most popular devices currently on the market.
SSE Airtricity has just launched two new “Smart Home” energy bundles, which not only offer gas and electricity at a discounted price for the duration of your contract but also throw in a total of three smart home devices which come to a total retail price of close to €655!
Let’s take a look at the deals:
With this deal, SSE Airtricity offers 10% off of its standard electricity prices for an entire year (the length of your contract) and you’ll also get a FREE Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and a Climote.
Amazon’s line of Echo products are probably some of the most well known smart home devices currently on the market. For instance, if you’ve been watching The Great British Bake Off this year, you most likely will have noticed their many sponsor ads. Both the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are in essence, fancy speakers but what makes them special is Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant.
Simply by using your voice, you can ask Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, check your calendar, weather, traffic and sports scores, add things to your Amazon shopping cart, manage to-do and shopping lists, control compatible smart home devices (like smart light bulbs for instance), and more.
The Amazon Echo and the Echo Dot essentially perform the same functions but the Amazon Echo is a bigger speaker than the Echo Dot meaning that it has greater sound quality. The Amazon Echo retails for around €110 and the Echo Dot for around €50 to €70 (depending on the model).
Climote is a smart thermostat which allows you to control your home’s heating from anywhere in the world via an app on your phone. Providing that you have an internet connection, you’ll be able to boost your heating or turn on/off your hot water on the go. You’ll no longer have to rely on traditional timer switches giving you a lot more control over your heating bills!
Climote retails for around €400. Check out how it compares to other smart home thermostats here.
With this deal, SSE Airtricity offers 10% off of both its standard electricity and gas prices for the length of your contract and in this case instead of the Echo Dot you’ll get a free Echo Spot along with your free Amazon Echo and Climote discussed above.
The Echo Spot does everything that the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot do, however it comes with a display screen which allows you to also make video calls, watch video flash briefings, see your to-do and shopping lists and more.
The Echo Spot retails for around €145.
It can’t be denied that SSE Airtricity is one of the more expensive energy suppliers on the market.
For example, a customer using an average amount of gas and electricity annually could stand to save close to €300 right now by switching to the current cheapest dual fuel offer on the market but that savings figure would go down to just €91 if the same customer chose SSE Airtricity’s new Smart Home Dual Fuel bundle instead.
But if smart devices are important to you, it can’t be denied that SSE Airtricity’s new bundles are offering serious value. The combined retail value of the free devices included in the electricity-only bundle comes to €579 and for the dual fuel bundle that figure goes up to €654.
For the environmentally conscious among us, it’s also worth mentioning that SSE Airtricity provides 100% renewable energy, so in choosing SSE Airtricity as your energy supplier, you can rest a little easier knowing that you're doing your little bit to help the environment.
Victoria Groom, Head of Marketing & Products at SSE Airtricity, said:
“At SSE Airtricity we believe small changes can make a big difference towards a greener environment. That’s why we’re delighted to be the first energy provider to partner with Amazon and Climote to help turn Irish households into connected homes. Our new Smart Home bundle with Amazon’s Alexa and a Climote remote heating control can make a real difference in customers’ daily lives, helping households to meet the demands of modern living while enjoying the comfort and convenience smart technology brings. Even when you’re rushing out the door, you can just ask Alexa to turn the heating off and she’ll take care of the rest… no more worrying about the heating being left on!”
Offers like these are tempting but remember, it’s important to consider all suppliers and deals before you make any big decisions to make sure that you’re getting the best deal. Here’s an article which shows you how small decisions can have a big impact on your bill in the long run.
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