Controlling and lowering heating costs with energy-saving controllers

22nd November 2019
Anna Flockett

Winter has very much arrived, so Brits will be looking at ways to save on their heating costs as they prepare to keep out the bitter cold. According to the National Grid’s annual winter outlook, energy bill payers could expect price hikes as the UK is weaned off using imports from Europe.

With uncertainty in the air of where the extra gas and electricity will come from, it has never been more important for bill payers to look for ways to reduce their individual energy costs.

Enter energy-saving controllers, an ideal solution to heating cost worries. These devices work in a similar way to manual thermostats, by opening and closing the valves in radiators. The advantage they hold is automation, allowing the homeowner to switch off the energy input once a room has reached a certain temperature. This automation can also be applied to timings, where a room will be heated in the morning until the occupant leaves for work and switching on again before they get home. So if you’re looking to reduce heating costs, here are a couple of features to look out for when considering an energy-saving controller.

Fast-Link technology and self-learning
Energy-controlling devices have come a long way from the rotary controls of the past. One feature in the device is fast-link technology which allows the user to create heating plans via an app and can be wirelessly communicated to the device. The transmission uses light pulses, which the mobile device transmits through the app when it’s held to the device, and programming can be applied to several thermostats with the same setting.

Another feature is the self-learning mode, allowing the device to automatically record temperature changes and create heating profiles based on what it has learned. Combining both of these features can dramatically save energy usage for the home owner.

What to consider during assembly
Energy-saving controllers can be easily attached without opening the heating circuit. So even tenants in rented accommodation can use these smart solutions to save on heating costs. When moving houses, the old controls can simply be detached and reattached to the new radiators, allowing the user to control the heating in their new home easily and with very little effort.

Saving on heating costs is easier than ever in the age of the Internet of Things. With devices like energy-saving controllers, you don’t need to be a plumbing professional to get started and start saving money. With a range of products to choose from, ranging in complexity and feature-set, you’ll be saving on your heating costs in no time.

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