Energy supplier British Gas has demonstrated a new tool to help people get cheap energy by reducing unnecessary usage.
On a visit by climate change minister Greg Barker to the firm's Building Research Establishment in Watford, the company demonstrated its latest Remote Heating Control product, which allows consumers to adjust their thermostat via smartphone from wherever they are.
This could help reduce unnecessary consumption if, for example, a homeowner accidentally leaves their heating turned up when they are away from home.
British Gas estimates 15 per cent of homes leave their boiler on when they go out for the day, with average savings of £140 to be made if people only heat their abodes when they are in.
"This was a great opportunity for British Gas to showcase our smart technology, installation services and innovations," said managing director at British Gas Smart Homes Dean Keeling, adding: "Our technologies are critical to helping our customers save money and reduce their carbon footprint."
Recently, the company also introduce a new touch screen smart meter it claimed will make it even easier for households to monitor their energy usage.
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