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Smart home apps to save you time and energy

By Laura Davies | Posted April 25, 2018

Staying in control of your energy consumption, monitoring usage, and cutting back on unnecessary expenses has never been easier. With the advent of smart home technology like Amazon Echo, home automation, and energy-saving apps, you can now lower your bills and simplify your life with just a tap on your phone - in some cases, without even lifting a finger. We have gathered a list of the top eight apps that will help you save time, money, and energy while contributing to a healthier planet.

Amazon Alexa

First up is the Alexa app. As soon as you've downloaded the app, interactions with devices are automatically mirrored for you to see on your phone or tablet. You can manage your music, bills, alarms and energy from one place.

Commute greener

Wish you could change your commute, but not sure where to start. Or do you lose motivation one week in? This app helps you change your daily commute patterns. Get ideas on how to make your commute greener, receive ride-share ideas, map routes, and earn badges and rewards when you do well.

Audio count down

With this great but simple app, you can hear the countdown as it ticks away. This is particularly useful if you're doing the washing up or in the shower. You can time yourself to use less water and take less time in the bathroom or kitchen.

Battery doctor

Have lots of smart devices? Lose battery at a critical moment? With this handy app, you can keep track of all your devices in one place. There are tips for extending battery life and maintenance, accurate power level monitors and estimated time left on devices.


This app allows you to connect your smart home, smart devices and smart wearables for total control. Built for the Internet of Things, you can enjoy a unified experience and one place to monitor all your home systems and devices.


This clever range of plugs turns everything you plug into a socket into a smart device. You use the WeMo app to connect to all your plugs, so you can easily turn anything on and off as you like with your smartphone. Forgot to turn off the lights? Left your hair straighteners on? Not to worry – you can switch them off with your smartphone.


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Get the EDF Energy app. If you're already a customer, download it today – it makes managing your energy simple. View current and previous bills, control your Direct Debit, submit meter readings and view all your information in one place.

Smart home technology, home automation and energy saving apps have boomed in the last decade. From smart lights and heating, to EV charging and car sharing, it’s never been easier to take control of your energy. You can monitor what you’re using and get handy tips and tricks on ways to save for just about everything, and all in the palm of your hand.

We've rounded up our favourite apps to help you save time, money and energy and cut your carbon footprint. That’s good news for you, your home, and the planet.

Our top apps to save you energy and time:

  • EDF App
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Ecosia
  • Audio count down
  • Battery doctor
  • Smart home heating
  • IFTTT - If This, Then That
  • WeMo
  • JouleBug
  • Turo
  • Energy Cost Calculator
  • Energy Consumption Analyzer