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In a new report, Germserv reveals that smart thermostats are 10 times more cost effective at lowering heating bills than other promoted methods. They are also doing well when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

As Europe faces soaring energy prices – and gas prices in particular – a new study highlights the strengths of smart thermostats. The Gemserv report, published by the smart thermostats firm tado °, reveals that they have the greatest potential, per euro spent, to reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills when compared to other decarbonization methods such as installing solar panels, heat pumps or adding insulation. UK-based Gemserv had its report verified by Dr Tim Formann, professor of sustainability at the University of Cambridge.

The full report of the design office, available here in PDF (in English), looked at different types of building stocks in Europe and the most common measures to reduce carbon emissions. The emphasis was in particular on the cost of the product and its installation, the carbon not produced and the cost reduction on annual energy bills for consumers. It appears that smart thermostats are up to ten times more efficient than the next best solution, reducing fuel bills by 174 euros per year. And the savings could turn out to be even greater if consumer energy prices continue to soar.

Smart thermostats stand out from other solutions. © Germserv / tado

Compared to more expensive solutions such as installing heat pumps, solar panels or an insulation system, smart thermostats manage to stand out. However, these solutions should not be neglected with a view to reducing energy consumption and making homes greener. “Low carbon heating, renewable electricity generation and improved insulation will all play a key role in decarbonizing households. However, this report demonstrates that smart thermostats provide consistent financial returns, while reducing carbon emissions, which is unique among the four technologies we analyzed ”, says Christopher Lewis, economic analyst at Gemserv.

The document recalls in passing that the governments of the United Kingdom and the European Union aspire to a climate neutral Europe by 2050. This agreement on climate neutrality was confirmed last June and the new climate law carries the objective of reducing emissions in 2030 from 40 to at least 55%, reminds the European Parliament on its website. For now, Germserv reports that buildings account for around 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union and the United Kingdom. In addition, heating and domestic hot water alone account for 79% of energy consumption in the residential sector.

In its conclusions, the report offers several recommendations to policy makers, such as the establishment of public awareness campaigns. These would aim to better inform consumers about the benefits of smart thermostats. The analyst also stresses the importance of recognizing the value of smart thermostats in regulatory policy.

What should we think of this study?

This report from the Gemserv design office was taken up by the German firm tado °. Specializing in smart thermostats, the company naturally has every interest in relaying this type of study and even goes with its forecasts. In a statement, the brand assures that total carbon emissions in Europe could decrease by 4.75% if all European households were equipped with smart thermostats. Behind this speech extolling the merits of its core business, it is clear that thermostats are on the rise. Note that, according to the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe), the use of a room thermostat with other equipment such as thermostatic valves would reduce energy consumption. from 5 to 15%.

The thermostats market is growing

The market has been growing rapidly for a few years and is expected to reach $ 6.4 billion by 2026, according to MarketsandMarkets. In 2021, forecasts point to a market of 2.5 billion dollars and this boom could be explained by the democratization of the smart-home since the health crisis and the various measures taken by governments. In France, the sector has also benefited from the “boost” from the State in recent months. This is a bonus in the amount of 150 euros paid in the event of the installation of a programmable thermostat for an individual heating system. Its objective is to encourage the French to better regulate the use of their heating to reduce their energy consumption and their energy bill. Before its implementation, GFK estimated that more than 100,000 connected objects dedicated to heating had been sold in 2019.

According to the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the average expenditure of a French household on energy in 2019 amounted to 3,144 euros (fuel included). This represented a total of 8.9% of their consumption budget.

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