OCTOPUS ENERGY AND AMAZON ALEXA
Octopus Energy has teamed up with Amazon to become the first energy company to provide voice automation with Alexa to provide real-time energy pricing.
HOW DOES AMAZON ALEXA WORK WITH OCTOPUS ENERGY?
If you’re on the Agile tariff you will be able to use Amazon Alexa to find out when energy is at it’s cheapest. (The Agile tariff tracks energy prices throughout the day. ) So using the voice automation provided by Amazon you could ask Alexa when prices are cheapest.
Based on this information you could turn on, for example, your washing machine or charge your devices when energy is at it’s cheapest. You can even automate this too!
WILL THE AGILE TARIFF WITH OCTOPUS ENERGY AND AMAZON ALEXA SAVE ME MONEY?
Renewable energy is cheaper when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing and now you will be able to access this information very simply using Amazon Alexa.
The Agile tariff was very attractive before the addition of Alexa but I did refer to it as the techie tariff as you needed to be able to use the app IFTTT to automate your devices (If This Then That). The app is very straight forward but it does take a little thought to set up. (not a lot though) Whereas Alexa simplifies this entire process so it’s extremely accessible with its voice activation. You won’t need to lift a finger but will be able to automate your smart devices at home whipping them into action when energy prices are at their lowest. So yes, this will save you time and money!
IS IT BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
Yes! Super cool, right? It means the energy powering your home devices will not only be far cheaper but also likely much greener (because the cheapest offpeak times usually link up to when there’s low demand and abundant green energy on the grid).
WILL I NEED A SMART METER TO GET THE AGILE TARIFF?
Yes, you will need a smart meter to switch to the Agile Tariff. At the moment there is a waiting list for a smart meter installation but they are expected to roll out later this month. I am currently on the waiting list while taking advantage of the Super Green Tariff. If you would like to switch from your current provider to Octopus Energy and don’t have a smart meter you could always switch, request a meter and swop to the agile tariff after your installation, that wouldn’t be a problem at all. Switching to Octopus Energy takes less than two minutes.
WHEN I HAVE MY AGILE TARIFF AND SMART METER WHAT NEXT?
You will obviously need Amazon Alexa. Next, search for the Octopus Skill in the Alexa app and enable it. You’ll be prompted to enter your API key, MPAN and Serial number to complete the process.
I am looking forward to switching over to Agile even more now. Well done Octopus I can see this as a real milestone in the energy industry. I only with Alexa could get my kids to put their pants in the wash!
Posted by Sarah at www.octopusreferral.link