BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 22 Mar '19

Octopus Energy integrates with Amazon Alexa to optimise smart home energy use

Octopus Energy has announced the integration of Agile Octopus, the UK’s only smart time-of-use tariff, with Amazon Alexa, making it the first energy company to allow customers to benefit from real-time energy pricing using voice automation.

This is a glimpse into the future smart home: customers can use Octopus to see and understand their energy consumption and, for the first time, use their voice to manage usage via Alexa.

Agile users will be able to directly engage with their energy use by asking Alexa a range of questions about their energy use, such as when electricity is cheapest or more expensive. They’ll then be able to plan their energy use accordingly, saving money and curbing carbon emissions.

Making the most of price changes

When the Agile Octopus tariff was launched last year, Octopus Energy saw customers modified their behaviour to consume energy at off-peak times – saving up to £229 compared with the large legacy supplier standard tariff.

Last December, Octopus integrated Agile with If This Then That (IFTTT), a platform that allows users to link various devices and apps together through input triggers and output actions to automate energy usage.

Click here to read our article about the launch of Agile Octopus

‘Our integration with Amazon Alexa lets customers interact with their energy in an entirely new way. By integrating with a service used by millions, we hope to popularise the energy-efficient smart homes needed for a sustainable future and save customers money in the process.

‘Smart homes are fundamental to the transition to a carbon-free energy system. By ensuring consumers see energy consumption as dynamic, and in providing the right technology, we aim to reimagine how people think about how they use energy.’

GREG JACKSON
CEO, Octopus Energy

By linking with intelligent devices, including smart plugs and appliances such as Hive, Tado and Philips Hue, Octopus customers are able to optimise their smart homes by automatically adjusting energy usage based on half-hourly price changes.

The integration with Amazon Alexa takes the platform’s smart home capabilities a step further. Customers can use voice controls to ask when the electricity prices are lowest or highest. This will help them to decide when to schedule heavy energy consumption, such as charging an electric car, when prices are the lowest.

Alexa is enabled in over 100 million devices globally that manage all facets of the smart home, including lights, door locks, heaters and more, allowing customers to seamlessly marry Octopus-provided rates with a vast range of smart home capabilities.