A slightly less painful, but no less uncomfortable, use of the platform is to hook your bank account up to your Nest thermostat. Spend beyond a certain limit and the thermostat is dialed down to a temperature that you set. Users can save £255 ($372) annually by reducing their thermostat temperatures by 3°C (5.4°F), the platform says, citing figures from Energy Saving Trust, which researches consumer energy-saving initiatives in the UK.

Alas, the thrifty among us don’t yet have the option of treating our spending habits with electric shocks. The Interact IoT platform is offered to banks, who then roll it out to their customers. According to a spokesperson for the company, no bank in Intelligent Environments’ stable of customers has yet announced plans to do so.

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