Think now to save money on heat­ing

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - DIY LIVING -

Swale Heat­ing can sup­ply and in­stall the Nest learn­ing ther­mo­stat, a prod­uct that aims to help cus­tomers cut their fuel bills by up to 29% a year.

In­vented by the de­signer be­hind the iPod, it takes its cues from the be­hav­iour of its users and then com­piles a pro­gramme based on their habits.

It can au­to­mat­i­cally sense when a house is empty and can also be con­trolled re­motely via a smart­phone or com­puter.

The de­vice au­to­mat­i­cally works out how long a house takes to warm up, so that heat­ing reaches the tem­per­a­ture a user needs in time for when they want it, rather than sev­eral hours af­ter­wards.

The Nest pro­vides data on how long and how of­ten heat­ing sys­tems have been used. It re­places a user’s ther­mo­stat and heat­ing pro­gram­mer, and turns a boiler on or off au­to­mat­i­cally.

Swale Heat­ing charges £250, in­clud­ing VAT, to sup­ply and in­stall a Nest learn­ing ther­mo­stat when sold with a new boiler.

For more energy-sav­ing ideas for your home, visit www.swale­heat­ing. com. Now may seem a lit­tle early in the year to think about heat­ing your home but mak­ing a few ba­sic changes could re­ally pay div­i­dends when win­ter strikes.

Swale Heat­ing sales di­rec­tor Matthew Ed­wards says: “It’s of­ten said that the only two cer­tain­ties in life are death and taxes but I think ris­ing do­mes­tic energy bills should be added to that list.

“With global de­mand for oil on the in­crease as economies around the world pick up, ex­perts are pre­dict­ing that whole­sale prices are set to rise, per­haps as early as this win­ter. It’s a wor­ry­ing prospect for house­hold­ers but there are things you can do to help keep costs down.”

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