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38 RENEWA B L E E N E R G I E S Simon May, product manager at Drayton Controls, discusses the growing smart heating controls market and how the devices can be an essential energy saving tool New research on the UK smart heating market indicates that sales of Internet of Things heating devices have grown by 3,000% since 2010, with volumes set to rise by a massive 40% in 2016. The rise in popularity is led by smart heating controls, and both product development and growing consumer demand for these devices means there is a great business opportunity for installers. One of the key selling points of smart thermostats is the flexibility they provide – allowing the homeowner to take greater control of their energy usage, in order to minimise wastage. So how do installers communicate these energy saving benefits to their customers, in order to open up a lucrative new business stream? Installers should be proactive in promoting the energy savings that can be gained from having smart controls fitted, armed with the following facts and figures. In a typical UK household, heating and hot water accounts for around 82% of the total energy use and the cost of energy has increased by nearly 170% in the last decade. This means if the homeowner has an inefficient heating system with out-dated controls – or even worse, no controls at all – then it’s likely that they will be consuming more energy than needed, resulting in significantly high household bills. However, the shift to becoming more energy savvy and the rise in smart controls’ popularity means more homeowners are becoming switched on to the energy savings they could be making with small improvements, such as controls upgrades. Standard heating controls have been proven to save over 50% on heating bills and the additional control that smart thermostats provide mean there’s the potential to save even more. Flexible functionality Internet connected controls – or smart thermostats as they’re commonly known – allow the user to remotely manage the temperature of their property using an app on their smartphone or tablet (and in some cases wearable technology). This means that the heating can be turned on or off, and the temperature can be adjusted, without the user needing to be near the home. They may have gone to work and left the heating on – a smart thermostat allows them to switch it off with the touch of a button – so the empty house isn’t wasting energy being heated all day. This functionality provides greater freedom and control over the amount of energy that is being used. It’s also really easy to adjust heating schedules on the go, which means homeowners are able to reduce their energy consumption by tailoring heating periods to fit in with their lifestyle and routine. For example, they have been invited for after-work drinks – with a smart control they can alter the time periods via the app so the heating doesn’t come on until later that evening. Smart thermostats are also handy if your customer has elderly parents that may have health conditions such as poor eyesight, arthritis or dementia. Having the system fitted at the parents’ property means they can check their home temperature is at a comfortable level to keep them healthy and happy – while not wasting energy – and remotely adjust it when required. Smart savings www.hpmmag.com August 2016 enquiry number 128 “Sales of heating devices have grown by 3,000% since 2010” Smart thermostats allow the homeowner to take greater control over their energy usage enquiry number 320


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