24 Hour Plug In Timer (2 Pack), £8.49
Sometimes going old school is the best thing to do. If you want to control the amount of time specific devices are in use, whatever they may be, the best way to control that is with this analogue timer. Each button around the outside of the dial represents 15 minutes, all covering a full 24 hours – much like the ones found on boilers. With those you can programme specific times when power is or isn’t going to your appliance. And because it’s analogue it doesn’t actually require much in the way of extra power.
Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen), from £198
A smart thermostat is a great way to keep control of the heating, regardless of whether you’re in the house or not. With energy prices consistently rising above ‘rip-off’ prices, that’s a good thing. Nest lets you set up an automatic schedule, learning from you and programming itself based on your habits. It also allows separate control for the hot water tank, an automatic switch off when you leave the house, and more. There’s also integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, plus remote control from a smartphone app.
You can also buy a Nest thermostat directly from Nest, and while it costs £279 you do get professional installation thrown in.