How does If This Then That work?

The clue’s in the name. Link your home services with your smart devices by setting rules called Applets, e.g.

If… Agile prices drop below 5p/kWhThen… set my Nest thermostat to come on

A service, such as us at Octopus Energy, create a set of input Triggers (the ‘If This’ part). These are then matched to output Actions to form the ’Then That’, creating an overall ‘Rule’ (called an ‘Applet’ by the good folks at IFTTT). The great thing about IFTTT is the vast amount of services connected and flexibility to create your own scenarios.

Loads of cutting edge smart home product including Nest, Sonos, Belkin WeMo, Tado and Hive are all available on IFTTT. We wanted to allow our Agile customers to benefit from automation to truly make the most of the real-time pricing of their tariff, so it made sense for us connect Agile Octopus to IFTTT, too.

Agile’s “If this…” Triggers

Agile Octopus’ energy prices fluctuate every 30 minutes. We’ve created a series of Triggers around this half hourly pricing, including:

  • If the price changes above/below my set price…
  • If the price changes above/below my set price for at least my set number of 30-minute periods…
  • If my total energy consumed for the past day/week/month exceeds my set value…

Plus, we’ve built you some “…then that”s

New to IFTTT? We’ve built some “then that”s, too, to help get you started. Our ‘Applets’ based on these Triggers include:

  • …set my Nest thermostat
  • …set my Tado hot water
  • …set my WeMo smart plug
  • …set my Hue lights
  • …set my Sonos speakers

These Applets are a great way to get started. But the beauty of IFTTT is that you can go and create your own Applets, too, to make any number of other things happen according to energy prices and consumption. Whether you want an Agile price change to log things to a spreadsheet, send a Tweet (“For the next half an hour Octopus are paying ME to use energy!”), or even put savings into a Monzo pot so you can truly see your bills going down, the smart home’s your oyster.

With this integration, you could…

Save 40% on your water heating costs by programming your smart thermostat to heat at the cheapest times of the day

Pair the integration with a smartplug to charge your laptop during only the cheapest, least carbon intensive hour of the night to access full battery charging 90% cheaper than leaving it on all night (I think we all might be guilty of this)

Or, use smartplugs to run any energy intensive appliances you could run off-peak. Your tumble dryer, for example. You could save 25% per year on your tumble drying costs, on average.

Set up a visual prompt to remind you to turn on appliances when energy prices go low – like programming a Phillips Hue bulb to turn green when it’s time to put the tumble dryer on!

*Figures based on UK averages sourced from Which? and The Telegraph.