Smart home is a term used to describe all devices in a home that can be connected to the web and controlled digitally via a phone, tablet, or computer. It can be anything from lights, refrigerators, and microwaves to EV chargers, radiators, heat pumps, and water tanks, even cars can be considered part of the smart home term. Smart home devices opens up enormous opportunities and with some imagination and interest, it doesn't even have to cost a fortune either 🤗
Tibber wants to give our customers the power to control their home energy usage and smart home devices are key in doing so. We are constantly working on developing simple and effective ways to save energy and money while maintaining comfort. For example, in the app, you can automate so that your house is heated smarter and cheaper automatically, that the EV is only charged during the cheapest hours and via a smart hub make sure the coffee maker has your morning brew ready when you get out of the shower ☕️
One might think that you need to be a developer to fix this, but most of it is actually much simpler than you might think. Here follows a few tips on how you can use Tibber in a smart home 👍
Save energy and/or move consumption
There are essentially two ways to reduce energy costs in a home. You can cut down on "unnecessary" consumption, e.g. by upgrading to more energy-efficient machines, washing and washing dishes with full machines, taking shorter showers and lowering the indoor temperature. But with an hourly price power deal, you can also move consumption to the hours of the day when the price is at its daily lowest, usually at night. This is where the smartness of your connected gadgets comes in, so you don't have to set the alarm clock to wash or charge the car cheaply.
Get started - step by step
Start by identifying what consumption you can reduce or move to save the most money. In most cases, heating is the biggest part of the cost. If you have an electric car, charging it - is also usually a big cost - and a type of consumption that can be moved relatively easily. Under Analysis -> What consumed the most in the Tibber app, you can see the consumption distribution in your particular home and with a Tibber Pulse you can see your consumption in real-time. By switching consumers on and off, you can see how much they consume, find the power thieves and learn which machines are best to run during cheaper hours.
Switch to smart thermostats (for the heat source you already have)
Switch to a more energy-efficient heat source
Get a weather station
Replace old lighting with smart LED lights.
Smartcharge your EV.
Get a smart hub
With smart heating, Tibber optimizes the heating by taking the electricity price, weather and indoor temperature into account so that you reduce electricity consumption and can shift consumption to cheaper hours. Regardless of the type of heating system, you can find a smart solution for it!
Smart hub 🔗
If you feel like connecting all your smart gadgets a smart hub is a good option. There are several smart hubs on the market, which one is best for you depends on which and how many devices you will connect, prior knowledge, and what you want to be able to do with your stuff.
Athom Homey connects (almost) all your smart products to the hub, either directly or via a company's servers (API). In the Homey app, you can then build flows to automate the control of your smart gadgets and thus make your home smarter. For example, you can control the lighting with motion sensors, turn on the coffee machine when you wake up or turn off the heating when no one is home. Homey can be connected to Tibber, giving you access to an even bigger library of smart gadgets and features in the Tibber app.
FutureHome allows your smart products to communicate with each other and you can control the home from any location in the world. The hub has its own app for installing and connecting the devices. Once you've set it up, you can of course connect your smart home to Tibber and control your heating products directly from the Tibber app.
An alternative for you who want to build many of your smart home solutions yourself is Home Assistant - An open-source platform that runs on a computer of your choice. The most popular alternative seems to be the single-board computer Raspberry Pi. For Home Assistant there is a plugin for Tibber and also the possibility to connect more functions via Tibber's API. This is perhaps for the more advanced user, but there is also a lot of ready-made stuff out there. You can't add and control this through Tibber though.
With a Tellstick connected to Tibber, you get the opportunity to connect a variety of sensors from different brands to Tibber. It gives you a better overview of your home and your home's consumption. To connect your Tellstick to Tibber, you must connect to Telldus Live, which is Telldus own cloud service.
There is a bunch of smart sensors that can detect everything from temperature, light, movement, and vibration to smoke, water leaks, wind, and rain. You can e.g. sync your indoor thermostat with an outdoor sensor to achieve a perfect temperature.
Smart charging 🚙🔌
By activating smart charging in the Tibber app, charging is automatically directed to the hours when the electricity price is lowest, and at the same time, it is beneficial for the electricity grid. Just a few taps in the app and you're ready!
Tibber can control smart charging via either integrated car models or the charging boxes Easee Home or Zaptec Go. With an integrated charging box, we guarantee that you will get a 50% lower price for the power we charge your car with, compared to the price for the power consumed by the rest of your home 😉
Weather station 🌦
By connecting a weather station, you get an overview and insights into the weather outside and your indoor climate directly on your mobile phone. It gives you measurements of air humidity, air pressure, CO2 level, and sound level. You can connect this directly to the Tibber app.
Smart lights 💡
Smart lighting is one of the easiest products you can get your hands on if you're looking to get started with smart homes - perfect for beginners! With smart lighting, you can adapt the lights to suit your habits, so that they are only on when needed, without the need for switches. It is also possible to connect motion sensors to automate the light sources in your home. Philips Hue is a collection of smart light bulbs, LED, and outdoor lighting. With Hue you can control the lighting from an app and make sure it adapts the light to when you wake up in the morning, concentrate on some important work, enjoy a good book or have a really cozy atmosphere during the Saturday movie 🍿
Reach out to our Support Heros in the chat or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help getting started 🦸♂️