Smart heat­ing

Save cash with ef­fi­cient heat­ing tai­lored per­fectly to your home

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When it comes to en­ergy bills, the ma­jor­ity of home­own­ers in the UK spend the most money on heat­ing their homes. Dur­ing the cold win­ter months, keep­ing your home warm and cosy is a pri­or­ity, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost a small for­tune. Smart heat­ing sys­tems are a good long-term so­lu­tion to re­duc­ing home heat­ing costs and us­ing less en­ergy, all while keep­ing you and your fam­ily warm when you need it.

There are a range of smart heat­ing sys­tems and ther­mostats avail­able that give you max­i­mum con­trol over the heat­ing in your home. Be­cause they’re con­nected to the in­ter­net, smart ther­mostats like the Smart Hive Ther­mo­stat (from £179, hive­home.

com), and the Tado° Ther­mo­stat (from £119.99, tado.com), en­able you to ac­cess and ad­just your heat­ing con­trols re­motely. Of course, that also means you can see how much en­ergy you’re us­ing in real-time.

Smart ther­mostats also en­able you to set spe­cific sched­ules and cre­ate rules for both en­ergy-sav­ing and con­ve­nience, in­clud­ing an away mode that au­to­mat­i­cally turns off the heat­ing when you’re out. There’s also a set­ting that ad­justs the heat­ing in­side your home in re­ac­tion to the tem­per­a­ture out­side. This is handy dur­ing a cold snap.

An­other ben­e­fit of smart ther­mostats is zonal heat­ing. With this you can set dif­fer­ent rooms to dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­tures. Tado° is a good sys­tem for zonal heat­ing be­cause its Smart Ra­di­a­tor Ther­mo­stat (from £69.99,

tado.com) en­ables you to keep in­di­vid­ual ra­di­a­tors at the right tem­per­a­ture for the room they’re in, rather than us­ing one ther­mo­stat to blan­ket heat the en­tire house.

Zonal heat­ing is a good way of sav­ing en­ergy, es­pe­cially if you have a big home or an un­used spare room, be­cause you can pick which rooms need heat­ing reg­u­larly and leave out the ones that don’t.

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