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Save energy with SmartThings from Samsung

Bust bills with Samsung's smart energy-saving tech...

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The Samsung Ecosystem – also known as Samsung SmartThings – is a single platform that integrates loads of your Samsung gadgets. Whether that’s appliances in your kitchen, or other devices spread out across the rest of your house. The result? A fully interconnected smart home. And once you’ve got everything connected, you can monitor and control your tech straight from your phone with the SmartThings app. Pretty clever stuff, right?

Here’s just a few of the handy Samsung features and functions that can help save you energy and cash…

Energy monitoring

Like to see exactly what’s using up the most energy in your place? Samsung have you covered. By integrating some of their smart plugs into the Ecosystem, you can track and pinpoint the most power-hungry tech, including their very own home appliances.* And from that info, you’ll be able to decide how to lower the amount of energy you might be wasting. Which will help cut those pesky utility bills down to size too!

*Smart Plug legal: Compatible Smart Plug and Smart Home Hub required. Smart Plug should be registered on SmartThings app. Energy Usage monitoring with Smart Plug is available in the “Smart Plug” product card under “Device” tab on the SmartThings app.

SmartThings Energy

This is also where SmartThings comes into its own. Download it to your smartphone, and with just a couple of taps, you’ll be able to start saving some money and energy with SmartThings Energy.* And it’s immediately compatible with your current energy supplier too. Just connect it to your smart meter and off you go. You’ll be making better decisions around your energy use in no time at all.

But how does it work? Once SmartThings and your smart meter are hooked up, it’ll start sending all the important data about the energy usage in your home straight to the app. Give it a little bit of time to get working though. It could take around 48 hours for all the key stats and numbers to start filtering through to your phone**. When it’s all working properly, you’ll get daily updates on how much energy your house used the day before. With clear graphs and figures to help you stay within your budget.

You’ll see just how cheap your Samsung appliances cost to run. Plus, you can set them to use more energy efficient cycles. What’s not to like about that?

*Available on Android and iOS devices. A Wi-Fi connection and a Samsung account are required.

**Your data will be automatically updated once a day from your smart meter, usually overnight. So you’ll always be able to see how much energy you used the day before.

Energy efficient appliances

Samsung make a ton of different appliances that have been designed with energy efficiency in mind. Fridge freezers. Washing machines. TVs. Tumble dryers. They’ve got them all, and more. And they’re packed full of clever features like smart sensors and energy-saving modes – which don’t sacrifice convenience or performance.

Take the Series 6+ washing machine. Its A rating means it uses a whole lot less energy, while still giving you brilliantly clean clothes. The ecobubble™ tech manages to mix water, air, and detergent together to create bubbles that wash each load at a lower temperature. Bringing down your bills using a cooler wash. Plus, if you use the SmartThings AI Energy Mode cycle from the app, you can reduce your energy use by up to 70%.* Nice!

But what about the rest of the kitchen? Their fridges use Digital Inverter tech. This smart system adjusts power on the fly to make them way more energy efficient. Keeping your food cool at a fraction of the cost. While tumble dryers are fitted with Heat Pump wizardry – which dries your clothes at a much cooler temperature and helps save energy. Finally, their ovens take advantage of a Dual Cook feature (with the help of a divider shelf). Don’t need the whole oven? Just heat up the top half and whip up a tasty dinner using 25% less energy.**

Samsung have boosted the energy efficiency of their laptops too. They’ve built circuits made to reduce the electricity that’s lost from the OLED panels. And have even optimised the energy used by their chargers by completely zeroing out the standby power. Clever stuff.

*Based on internal testing on the WW11BB944AGB model on a Cotton 40 degrees wash with the AI Energy Mode turned on compared to not using AI Energy.

**Internal testing on Series 5 NV7B5675LAK, upper vs. whole compartment for small cake baking at convection 165℃ (IEC-60350).

Smart home automation

With the Ecosystem, you can automate the tech around your home to switch on and off automatically. Or, if you want more control, you can do it remotely yourself in real time. You’ll be able to set up schedules, select modes, and create custom routines. Which means you’ll only be using energy when it’s really needed. So, you could make your lights shut off instantly as soon as you leave a certain room.

SmartThings even works with a bunch of different voice assistants. Google Assistant. Amazon Alexa. Bixby. All the big names are supported here. If you prefer a hands-off approach, you can use voice commands to adjust settings and optimise your energy usage. All without having to physically go and interact with each device one by one. Sorted.

Thinking of picking up a new Samsung appliance or device, but not sure which is right for you? No worries. Head on over to ShopLive. You’ll be able to chat to one of our in-store experts. And you won’t even need to leave the house.

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