Octopus Watch provides you with all the tools you need to keep track of Agile Octopus prices. You can instantly see the current unit rate as well as all known future unit rates. You can easily find the cheapest slot to run a wide range of appliances. And you can easily keep track of your historic usage to see how much you are saving on Agile Octopus. This page takes you on a tour of the base app and where to find all the relevant information.
The Rates tab in Octopus Watch shows you the current unit rate at the top of the page. This is the unit rate you would pay if you turn on an appliance right now.
The upcoming rates are shown towards the bottom of the page. An interactive chart gives a bird's eye view of how the rates evolve over time. You can tap the chart to see the price at a particular point, or drag on the graph to find the price at a given time.
For a more detailed view you can look at the Upcoming Rates Table at the bottom of the page. This table shows the current and upcoming unit prices for each half hour slot. In addition, the table uses a color code to indicate low prices (green), high prices (red) and moderate prices (orange). As desired, you can tap on show sorted by time to change to show sorted by price to quickly see which half hours are the cheapest.
Most of the time, we really just want to know what the cheapest slots are to run our appliances. Many appliances come with (simple) timers that allow us to plan our electricity usage. Octopus Watch makes finding the best time to run an appliance as easy as swiping a slider. To find the cheapest slot, drag the slider at the top of the rates page to the desired time . As you drag the slider, the amount of time requested to run an appliance will update . In addition, you immediately get the best time to run the appliance , as well as the average unit price for running the appliance during this slot .
If you want to find an overnight slot, you can toggle the option to only search between certain hours . The result will always be a slot that starts and finishes between the given time.
Sometimes no slot is found. This can happen when you are looking for e.g. an 8 hour slot but only 6 hours are known. Also be careful when you adjust the overnight hours. If you look for a new slot at 7AM, but have overnight hours enabled until 8AM, then no slot will be found that takes more than 1 hour.
You can change the times for the overnight slot by tapping on the Settings tab, then tapping on the Options button. Scroll down until you reach Nighttime Hours. Drag the left thumb on the slider to change the starting time of the overnight hours. Drag the right thumb to change the ending time of the overnight hours.
The History tab is only available if you use the API Login method. On the History tab you see an overview of your electricity consumption for each day over the last 4 months. Summary rows are available for both 7 days and 28 days. These summary days make it particularly easy to see if any days are missing (see here).
Every row in the History tab corresponds with a day with complete consumption data. You can see the actual date , the total cost for the electricity on that date , and your total electricity consumption on that date in kWh . On the right hand side you find the savings compared to the current standard variable rate and your average unit cost for that date .
You can long press on the savings percentage on the right hand side to switch to savings expressed in pounds. Long press again to switch back to savings shown in percentages.
I want to compare with Go.
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Why do I have days missing?
Missing information is a problem inherent to smart meters. Whenever Octopus Watch cannot get full and valid information for a given day it will now show that day in the History overview. This ensures that you are aware that information is missing. More information on the issue of missing days can be found on this dedicated page.
In the Options screen, accessible through the Settings tab, you can choose whether you want to round the numbers down to two decimals (less cluttered) or whether you want to stick to 3 decimals (more information). There is also a toggle in the Options screen to show the current unit rate and standing charge for the standard variable rate on the History screen for easy comparison.
If you also have electricity export then the screen looks somewhat different.
Every row in the History tab corresponds with a day with complete consumption data. You can see the actual date , the net cost for the electricity on that date , and your net electricity consumption on that date in kWh . On the right hand side you find the average import unit costfor that date and your average export unit cost for that date .
Summary boxes are interjected for 7 days and for 28 days. These summary boxes make it easy to spot missing data. If you do not see Last 7 Days but instead Last 5 Days then you know that that two days are missing due to the data being incomplete.
Specific days can be outliers with big savings, or hardly any savings. The summary boxes instead provide you with the averaged usage over a given period of time. This provides you with more accurate information. This includes the average daily cost in pounds and the total cost in pounds for the given period. The bottom row provides you with your average daily consumption in kWh, your unit rate for the given period, and your savings compared to the standard variable tariff.
If you also have electricity export then the summary boxes are again somewhat different.
As in the general case, summary boxes make it easy to spot missing data. If you do not see Last 7 Days but instead Last 5 Days then you know that that two days are missing due to the data being incomplete. You can see your average daily net cost and the total cost for all the days included in the summary .
Separate summary rows are available for import and export . Each row lists your average daily import/export in kWh and your average unit cost over the summarised period.
Rates for the next day are usually announced by Octopus Energy at around 4 pm. There may be days when rates are not announced until much later in the day, sometimes even as late as 9 pm. Since update 2.2.0 it is possible for Octopus Watch to let you know as soon as new rates become available through Octopus Energy. These notifications include additional information such as the average, lowest, and highest unit price for the next day.
To enable notifications go to the Settings tab, tap on Options, and enable the option Notify on New Rates.
The first notification on iOS will be a silent one, and iOS will give you the option as to whether you want to keep seeing these kind of notifications. Notifications on Android are by default set up to be silent. You can change the notification options in the Android settings screen.
If you have the Octopus Watch app open then notifications will not be shown. Notifications are only shown when your device is in standby or you are using another app.
If you have a subscription you can choose to only get notified when new rated drop below a given unit price. Click here to read more.
Octopus Watch has a dedicated app for the Apple Watch. The app can be installed on the Apple Watch without having Octopus Watch installed on your iPhone. This does mean that the Apple Watch app needs to be set up by itself by providing your API key, MPAN, and meter serial number. For convenience the Apple Watch app will try to sync this login information with your iPhone to simplify the setup procedure.
The Apple Watch app provides you with the basic functionality you expect to find in the iPhone version. This includes the current rate, the slot finder to quickly find the cheapest time to run appliances, and a basic history overview.
With the app open on the main screen you can turn the digital crown up and down to change the selected slot size. You immediately get the best time to run an appliance for the indicated hour.
The top box on the main screen shows you the current Agile rate. To see an overview of the rates to come tap this top box. In the screen that appears you can use the digital crown to move to a spot on the graph for which you want to see the rate, or simply tap the screen.
The bottom box on the main screen shows you the cost of yesterday's usage. To see more of your history tap this bottom box. The screen that appears shows you an overview of the last two weeks along with basic statistics.
For even quicker access to the current Agile rate the Apple Watch app comes with a smorgasbord of complications to fit your style and preference.
Some complications have a slider indicating how high or low the current rate is with respect to the known rates for the next 24 hours. If the dot on the scale is further to the left then this indicates a cheap rate. Is the dot to the right then the current unit rate is expensive. Some of the sliders also have a colour coding. Green means lower prices while red means higher prices.
Some complications come with a symbol. A dot or flat line indicates that the unit remains stable for the next half hour. An arrow pointing up means that the unit rate for the next half hour is significantly higher than the current unit rate. An arrow pointing down means that the next unit rate is significantly cheaper – so it is better to wait just a bit longer to turn on your power-hungry appliances!
Most of the information in Octopus Watch is designed to be glanceable; you can get the information you want in just a matter of seconds. Both widgets and smart assistants are the pinnacle of this idea. With widgets you have the latest rates available from your home screen. With Smart Assistants you can build your own voice commands to quickly get the current rate or find the cheapest slot to run one of your appliances.
Integration with the Google Assistant is currently limited to apps in a handful of categories, such as fitness and food ordering. Because of this restriction it is not yet possible for Octopus Watch to integrate with the Google Assistant. As soon as Google lifts these restrictions support will be added in Octopus Watch for the Google Assistant.
Follow these steps to add a widget to your home screen on Android:
Depending on your version of Android these instructions may be slightly different. The instructions above apply to the base version of Android 10 and Android 11. Please read up on the instruction for your particular launcher and Android skin to know how to add widgets on your device.
Follow these steps to add a widget to your home screen on iOS:
These instructions apply to iOS 14. Octopus Watch only supports iOS 14 and support for iOS 13 has been dropped.
Octopus Watch provides integration with the Shortcuts available in iOS. With the Shortcuts app you can combine elementary blocks, such as requesting the current unit rate. Full instructions on how to work with Shortcuts on iOS, and how to turn those into voice commands, are available on this page.