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Honeywell Reveal New evohome Smartphone Controlled Zoned Heating System

This morning Honeywell have announced the UK launch of evohome.  The new heating system will control the temperature in up to 12 zones plus hot water and you’ll be able to control each room individually from your smartphone or other mobile device. Honeywell quote figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), showing that up […]

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eQ-3 MAX! Affordable Wireless Heating Control with your Smartphone or Raspberry Pi

As the days begin to shorten and the leaves start to fall thoughts turn to the winter ahead and the ever increasing energy bills.  Heating control is a problem that’s made for home automation to solve and there’s always plenty of advice on our Heating Control Forum. Hello Max - One solution that’s being discussed in there […]

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Motorised Radiator Valve Harvests Thermal Energy for Battery Free Operation

German manufactures Micropelt are producing an intelligent thermostatic radiator valve (iTRV) that uses a thermogenerator chip to convert thermal energy (heat) into electricity.  This allows them to create a battery-free self powering unit that, in condjuction with its build in EnOcean radio, becomes part of a smart home heating control system. Check out the video below… Smart valve […]

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Home Automation Case Study: Custom Controls

UK specialist Custom Controls recently undertook one of their most ambitious projects. Read on for all the photos and details… This project saw Custom Controls using and integrating just about every piece of automated control kit available including advanced audio, video, lighting and heating controls. This project covered a total area of 10,000 square meters, including […]

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OpenTRV: Better Heating and Saving the Planet

OpenTRV project leader Damon Hart-Davis started in electronics when his dad got him interested early on in life. He has dabbled in computing in finance and with start-ups and an MSc, and is now spending a lot of time on energy efficiency to help reduce the effects of climate change.  We asked Damon to introduce the OpenTRV […]

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Hack Your Heating Using an iPhone Geo-fence

Here’s an interesting take on energy saving using the iPhones Geofencing feature to turn off the central heating automatically when no one is at home. Introduction - With the advent of Apple’s iOS 6 comes the ability to use geo-fencing, a way of sending notifications based on your location.  I have often thought about how much […]

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Nest is Testing Its Learning Thermostat in the UK

Our Nest Learning Thermostat Review was number 2 in our top 20 most read Automated Home posts last year.  We’ve just heard on the grapevine that Nest is now actively signing up UK home owners for a trial of their thermostat. Currently the Nest is an easy swap out for existing low voltage stats like those used in the […]

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New LightwaveRF Video Explains Home Automation Range

The guys at JSJS Designs have just released this new 17 minute video.  It’s a great introduction to the LightwaveRF home automation range covering lighting, mood / scene switches, mains sockets for appliances, heating control, radiator valves and controlling it all from your smartphone.   Check out the full range of LightwaveRF modules on Amazon Want More? - Follow […]

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New HeatSave Wireless Retro Fit Radiator Valves

Here’s a new retro-fit wireless TRV system from Heat-Save.  Swap your existing radiator valves for these battery powered motorised versions then schedule and control your heating from your Windows computer via the USB RF Dongle.  The valves don’t require your PC to be on 24/7 as they hold a 7 day pattern plus holidays up to […]

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Video : Transform Your Home into a Smart Home with Lightwave

Here’s a new video from LightwaveRF that gives a nice overview of their growing range of home automation products – including their new wireless radiator valves… Lightwave is a range of intelligent dimmers, radiator controls, sockets and sensors that are just that little bit smarter. While they look and work just like ordinary dimmers, controls […]

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