Homehero is a chatbot designed to be your virtual energy assistant that will help you save money on your energy bill. According to the developers of the chatbot, you will be able to compare the energy deals from different companies from Facebook Messenger. Will the chatbot live up to your expectations? Let’s find out.
The developers of Homehero describe the chatbot as a virtual assistant aimed to help you save money on your energy bill. Just like most of the chatbots available in the market, Homehero can be found on Facebook Messenger. You can have a quick interaction session easily as it is available on a platform that is already in use. One of the biggest advantages of using this chatbot is that you don’t have to install additional apps and you don’t even need to sign up to use its services.
To get started on Homehero, you need to go to its official website and click on the link on the main page. You will be redirected to Facebook Messenger where you can begin using the chatbot. If you are unable to find the official page, you can search for the chatbot on Facebook Messenger.
Once the chatbot has been activated, it will introduce itself and tell you what it is capable of doing. After the formalities, the chatbot will ask you to take and send a screenshot of the QR code in the most recent energy bill. You have to provide the chatbot with a zoomed in picture of the QR code as it won’t tell you if it can’t read what you sent, which is its only drawback.
Once the chatbot has scanned the QR code, it will tell you about your current energy provider. The chatbot will also tell you about how much money you can save by switching to a company that provides a lower tariff. Homehero is instantaneous as there are no delays in scanning the QR code.
The chatbot will give you details on different companies that provide lower tariffs. Homehero is capable of making the switch from a handful of companies. If you want to switch to other companies, you will have to do it manually.
When you select a tariff, the chatbot will give you additional details about the energy provider and you will have the option of making the switch at that moment. If you want to make the switch immediately, you will have to click on the link provided by the chatbot. You will be directed to Homehero’s official page where you have to enter your details so that the switch can take place.
However, the chatbot isn’t just for energy saving as it also has an additional feature called Balloon Hunt. When you select this option, you will have to take pictures of items that use energy such as your phone, the laptop, your refrigerator, TV and A/C. The chatbot will identify the item in the picture and it will tell you how many balloons of CO2 the item will produce. You will also get to know about the how much electricity it uses on a yearly basis. The developers added this feature to encourage its users to save as much energy as possible.
Overall, the chatbot does what it is designed to do. Although it does face difficulty in scanning the QR code of your energy bill, you can speed up the process by sending a zoomed picture. Also, the chatbot has an additional feature, encouraging you to save energy and money. At the moment, the chatbot can only understand keywords, not natural language.
Do give Homehero a try on Facebook Messenger to see what it is like!
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