Energie Manager: Smart energy saving
Reducing your own energy costs is currently more important than ever. With the free energy saving services from Home Connect Plus, you can, for example, reduce your own carbon footprint in the household, heat and ventilate more smartly, or keep an eye on the battery status of your smart home devices. Here we show you which services you can use to become the energy manager of your smart home.
Connecting Energy-Manager-Services – How it works
First, select the energy service you want to connect. For each service, you will find a brief description as well as more information about the smart home devices you need. Click on “Next” then “Connect service” and you’re ready to go. Each of the connected services will then appear in the service menu under “My Services”. You can also use the three dots in the upper right corner to manage your activated services, disconnect them again or resynchronize them.
Green Energy: Reduce your CO2-footprint
Using your washing machine has a carbon footprint of 70 kg CO2 and all the electrical appliances in an average household generate even more than 900 kg CO2 per year? Phew, that’s a lot! With “green electricity” you can easily reduce the CO2 footprint of your household: thanks to the service, the washing machine, dishwasher and co. are only started when there is an above-average amount of green electricity available in the electricity grid. This way you can use energy wisely in everyday life to reduce your energy costs and do something good for the environment.
Set up Green Energy – How it works!
To use the “Green Energy” service, some of your smart home devices in your household are available to you. These include dishwasher, washer-dryer, dryer, washing machine, your wallbox or various smart plugs. You can find detailed information about the supported manufacturers in the corresponding short description. Please note that for certain devices the activation of the remote start function may be required. We will show you how to set up “Green Energy” in the following.
1. Select your device
In the first step, select the device you want to use with the “Green Energy” service. Select “+” next to “Add devices” and tap on the desired device. Here it makes sense to give the individual devices a suitable device name beforehand. You can change the name in the device settings at any time. You can then select whether the device is only to be used with green energy today or whether the action is to be carried out regularly. Finally, specify the latest start time and click Add. Your device now appears under “Scheduled devices”; the settings become visible by clicking on the arrow on the right side. Add multiple devices in the same way as needed.
2. Green Energy available in the grid
After you set up your devices, Home Connect Plus automatically checks how much available green energy there is on the grid. It shows you the availability of carbon-free electricity on the national grid as a percentage of total electricity generation, and gives you a % as the available green electricity on the grid.
3. Notification at device start
As soon as the share of green energy is higher than the historical monthly average value, your selected devices will be started automatically. You can always adjust the preset threshold, which will adjust the algorithm. However, Home Connect Plus recommends using the default setting. You can now sit back and let the service do the rest for you. Via the app, you’ll get a notification as soon as your devices are started thanks to “Green Energy”.
Battery Guard: Always full power
You’ve got your hands full with your weekly groceries and are still standing in front of locked doors despite your smart lock? Someone must have forgotten to replace the battery in time. Annoying! So that this doesn’t happen to you anymore and your other smart home devices don’t run out of power, we have the solution for you: the battery guard. All devices, where the battery level is available, can be connected to the service. As soon as one of these devices has less than 20% power, you will receive a notification so that you don’t forget to change the battery.
Battery Guard – How it works!
The service automatically uses all connected devices for which information about the current battery level can be retrieved. This means that you can keep an eye on the energy level of door-/window contacts, smart locks, etc. in good time. It would be annoying if, for example, the heating only runs at full speed because the signal from the door-/window contact cannot be passed on due to an empty battery. In the service menu of the battery guard you will find a general device list as well as the devices that currently have a low battery level. You also have the option to mute devices at any time with just one click – so you won’t receive a notification if, for example, your robotic lawnmower is offline and hibernating in the basement.
Empty battery – Not with Home Connect Plus!
To receive the notification for a battery change at a suitable time, simply select the desired day and time. The notification will be sent as soon as one of your devices is no longer accessible or the battery level drops below 20%.
Additionally, you can choose the type of notification output: Have a push message sent to you via Home Connect Plus app or have this message read to you by your smart speaker or displayed on your LaMetric watch, for example. After saving, quickly set the slider to “active” and you’re ready when one of your devices needs a new battery.
Window Open Detection: Smart airing & heating
You just wanted to air briefly and now the radiator is running at full speed? Not so good! Of course, a lot of heat is lost and your energy costs increase. With our free service “Window Open Detection” you can now air smart, heat more efficiently and reduce your energy costs. As soon as one of your door-/window contacts registers the opening of a window in a room, your heating of the same room is automatically paused. If the window is open for more than 30 minutes, you will also receive a notification.
Set up your Window Open Detection – how it works!
To set up your window open detection, you need at least one smart door-/window contact and room or radiator thermostats. These do not have to be from the same manufacturer. If you have already connected these devices to the Home Connect Plus app, you can assign them to different rooms. The room assignment is a prerequisite for using the Window Open Detection; however, no further configuration is necessary after connecting the service. It is also helpful to name the devices in a meaningful way to keep track of them. You can change the names at any time via the device settings. All rooms set up? Great! Then you’re ready to go!
Save energy in your perfect indoor climate
After connecting the window open detection, all rooms you created with relevant devices are automatically imported into the service. If you subsequently make changes to rooms and, for example, add or remove a device after connecting the service, these changes are synchronized. Now you can decide for yourself in which rooms you want to use the service. To do this, simply activate the slider by clicking on the right side. As soon as you have activated a room, more information is available: By clicking on the arrow on the right, a graph is displayed. Here you can see when exactly a door-/window contact has registered the opening and closing of a window. In addition, the current temperature and the target temperature are displayed in a history of the last 24 hours.