Munich startup Tado keeps your house cool when no one is home
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Tado has designed an app that makes sure the heat is off when no one is home and can save you up to 26% on your heating bill

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Munich-based Tado has developed a heating app that controls and adjusts temperatures automatically in its users’ houses so they don’t have to worry about heating when no one is home.

Users download the Tado app on their phone and it can detect when the last user has left the house. It then sends a signal to the heating system to turn down the temperature. When one of the residents returns home, Tado tells the heating system to warm the house to the desired temperature. The app is easy to install, and roughly 80 percent of Tado’s U.K. customers are able to install the app on their own, but the app does have an extra installation service. Tado said its app can lower heating costs by up to 26%.

“We want to make everyday life easier. People shouldn’t have to deal with their heating so we have developed the tado° heating app that takes care automatically”, c-founder Christian Deilmann said in an April 2 statement about the app.

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Founded in 2011 by Christian Deilmann, Johannes Schwarz and Valentin Sawadski, Tado launched in November 2012 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The next year Tado started selling in the U.S. and other European countries for £249 or to rent it for £6.99 on a monthly contract. The app took about three years to develop.

The name is derived from the Japanese greetings “tadaima” and “okaeri,” which, loosely translated mean “I’m home” and “welcome home.”

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Aviva Gat

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Olah Chadasha and former finance reporter from New York City. Gat is a writer, runner and traveler who came to Israel for the good food and weather. She writes for Geektime’s English and global desk.

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