Reduce your heating costs by controlling the heat in your home smarter with Tibber. With a connected thermostat or heat pump, you can easily set the desired temperature in the Tibber app. The heat will be controlled automatically using our smart algorithms which takes into account both weather forecast and electricity price.

How we do it💡

Heating can be done in a bunch of different ways but the goal is to heat the air in your home. This is mainly done either by using the energy of the air outside (indirect electric), by heating and pumping around water (indirect gas, which is not supported or indirect electric), or by electrically heated devices (direct electric) such as radiators.

All these devices use setpoint temperatures (target value) of some sort, and the changes in your actual temperature to decide when to heat, how much to heat and when not to heat.

We add a few dimensions of that

We collect the information provided by the heat source or thermostat and create a virtual model of your heating device, we add information about weather forecasts, electricity prices and we look at changes over time to see how thermally insulated your home is, etc.

All this gets fed to a machine learning algorithm that learns about your device, your home, and your behavior and takes all that into account when it creates a schedule for how your home should be heated or not heated during the coming hours. This is done 3-4 times per hour to adjust and keep up with the changes in your home environment.

Sending schedules and commands

We communicate with the device by sending commands to the server (API) of the company that has made the device. That will then be communicated to your specific device either directly or through another device such as Sensibo Sky or Air which sends the command to the air heat pump with IR signals, just like a remote control does.

Suggested setting (for air to air heat pumps)⚙️

We control your device by setting the set-point temperature of your device. If it is in any other mode than in heating mode and can cool air, like an air-to-air heat pump usually can, it will actively cool your air when we send a temperature that is lower than the one in your home. This means that your heat pump will continue to use energy, no matter what, and will not lower your electricity costs.

If you, on the other hand, run it in heat mode, it will stop heating when we set a lower set point temperature than the actual temperature of your home.

Away mode 🏖

If you have activated away mode, we will try to keep your home around 8-10 degrees (if the device has such a low setpoint available through the API). There’s no need to have it fully heated when no one is home, right?

Day night savings🏙🌃

If you usually spend your days at work and your nights asleep in bed, there’s no need to keep your home at normal temperature, so we lower the temperature of your home by 3 degrees while you are away or asleep and heat it back up until you wake up or return home. Smart right?

How can something so smart be so easy?

The smartest power technology, the one that is not noticed at all in the same way as the cheapest electricity, is the power you do not consume. An equation that has resulted in Tibber developing features that automatically optimize your heating.

Better electricity prices

Controls your heating smarter so it heats when the electricity price is cheaper during the day and saves energy when the electricity price is higher.

Calculations are made based on a number of different factors such as your home's conditions, daily weather forecast and electricity market prices to optimize your heating, without you even noticing it.

Day & night reduction

You can activate automatic night and day saving to save electricity on heating when it is not needed.

Day & Night saving means that the temperature is automatically lowered when you are at work or asleep and then warmed up to the temperature you prefer when you are home or awake again. For example, what if that cottage you had forgotten to turn off the heat on simply turned down the heat automatically when you left?

Vacation mode

Vacation mode lowers the temperature and saves energy when you are away. The home is heated before you get home so it's comfortable when you're back!

Here you can read the original article in Tibber Magazine.

You can find our FAQ about smart heating here.

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