EDF Energy deal offers free Amazon Echo with the Connect+Control2 tariff
Submitting meter readings to your energy provider can be pretty tiresome. Often there are fiddly apps or websites or you may even have to speak to someone in a call centre on the phone.
But EDF Energy is now letting customers submit readings using the Amazon Echo virtual home assistant.
You will now be able to Ask Alexa all sorts of questions about your account using the EDF Energy skill.
The skill can be used on any EDF tariff, but the supplier is also offering a second-generation Amazon Echo when customers switch to its Connect+Control2 tariff.
This deal works differently to standard offers. It comes with its own Netatmo Smart Thermostat as part of EDF’s HeatSmart initiative. The thermostat picks up on your habits to set the best temperature and lets you control your heating from an app where you can also track how much is being used.
You will need a working boiler with hearing controls as well as good wi-fi coverage for this deal to work.
This means you will be able to control your heating remotely and use the Amazon Echo to check your energy account balance and next payment date, submit a meter reading and when your tariff is due to end.
Alexa connects to your EDF account
Alexa will connect to your EDF account to give you accurate answers. This should make it easier to stay on top of your energy usage – and understand it better.
On top of that, you will be able to use the Amazon Echo’s usual features such as listening to the news, dancing around to music or making shopping lists.
The Amazon Echo second generation usually retails for around £89.99 so you are making a good saving by getting it bundled into a deal.
As for the tariff itself, you will be put onto a 24-month deal that would cost ££90.39 a month and £1,084.72 in the first year based on the average household usage for both gas and electricity. There is a £135 exit fee.
EDF is one of the Big Six suppliers so has a big marketing budget and can afford to giveaway Amazon devices. This is an interesting offer if you were in the market for an Amazon Echo, but if you already have one, there are EDF tariffs that are cheaper and you could enable the same skill on a different deal.
For example, EDF has a 12-month Online Saver that would cost £83.50 a month or £1,002.93 over the contract.
There are also cheaper deals on the wider market. And some of the best deals currently come from outside the Big Six.
You won’t get an Amazon Echo, but with OneSelect you would get cheaper energy on a 12-month tariff at £66.79 a month and £801.49 over a year.
Alternatively, Green Network Energy has an 18-month fix that is priced at £74.35 a month and £892.22 over a year. That would cost £1,338 over the contract term.
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