Blog Articles
 August 2017
  Genius and JK floorheating – the perfect match

One aspect of the Genius system that customers love is the ability to seamlessly control the heating in different areas of their house, regardless of what type of heating it is: electric, underfloor or radiators. They can all be scheduled from the Genius Hub app. That’s why JK floorheating has chosen Genius as its recommended […]

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 June 2017
  How to use IFTTT

Genius Home already gives you advanced control of your heating, but our new IFTTT functionality lets you go even further. For example, you can useour IFTTT applets to:   Use your Genius sensors to receive an alert whenever motion is detected   Turn on your heating when you get near your home, based on your […]

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IFTTT- Ocupancy detection.
 March 2017
  Genius home vs Honeywell EvoHome

The Honeywell EvoHome is the most similar product on the market to Genius home. More than just a wireless thermostat, it offers features such as radiator control, underfloor heating control and zoned heating. The one major difference between the Evohome and Genius home is the automatic “footprint” mode. The Genius home system is the only […]

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Genius Home VS Honeywell EvoHome
 March 2017
  Genius home vs Tado

For buyers that are undecided whether smart home heating actually fits their needs, Tado looks an attractive proposition. The base system price is just £179,99, undercutting the majority of systems on the market. Tado have recently added zoning and individual TRV control to their feature list, making them a strong contender when considering a smart […]

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Genius Home VS Tado
 March 2017
  Genius Home vs Hive

When Hive was initially rolled out by British Gas, it was little more than a wireless thermostat but they’ve developed the system to add motion sensors and a feature that detects whether windows and doors are open. These features are also present in Genius home, automatically switching off the radiators so you don’t waste heat. […]

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Genius Home VS Hive
 March 2017
  Genius Home vs Nest

Sleek in design and affordable to buy its initial base unit, Nest learns when you are normally at home, then programs itself. It’s a popular choice, and makes a good solution for smaller homes. It’s for larger homes where it falls down, because of its poor support for zonal control.   If you’ve got wired […]

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Genius Home VS Nest
 February 2017
  The Techies award.

We are delighted to have won The Techies Consumer Startup of the Year award!   This award is given by the number one technology media company in the world IDG. Their PC Advisor publication has previously done a long term, in depth test of our Genius Home smart heating control and concluded:   “[Genius Home] lets […]

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The Techies award 2017
 February 2017
  New: interact with your Genius home via IFTTT

The dream of the smart home is that everything works together. Clap your hands and say “movie time” and the blinds close, the lights dim, the music stops and the film starts playing. The challenge has always been to connect all the pieces of hardware together seamlessly and easily, so they work how you want. […]

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 January 2017
  7 opportunities to recommend Genius

1.When customers ask about an efficient new boiler With energy prices on the rise again, expect more consumers asking about ways to cut their heating bills. They might ask about efficient condensing boilers, because that’s what they’ve heard will cut their costs – but Genius provides another way to achieve the same result. Why not […]

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 October 2016
  The most power for your pound

Wireless smart home technology is convenient, but there’s one downside: it’s battery powered. And however frugal IoT devices may be, the batteries will need recharging or replacing at some point. But which should you replace them with? Will the Duracell bunny really keep bouncing longer.. or is that just an amusing ad campaign to convince […]

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 September 2016
  Case Study: Bernard Sampson

Renting with bills included puts landlords at risk of massive energy bills. We look at how Heat Genius allows landlords to stay in control of their tenants’ energy use. The challenge It’s  a dilemma that will be familiar to any landlord. An increasing number of tenants prefer to rent with bills included, to allow more certainty […]

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 September 2016
  Will Brexit affect the cost of heating your home?

Both for Brexit and fossil fuel prices, there’s only one thing that’s certain: uncertainty! With its coal mines long gone and North Sea gas production in steady decline since the turn of the millennium, the UK is increasingly dependent on imports for its fuel supply. That means that global geopolitics inevitably has a significant effect […]

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 June 2016
  Remote obsolescence – how long will your smart home last?

The news that Google Nest will soon be disabling their Revolv smart home hub has made us wonder – how long can you expect smart home hardware to stay working for? Gone are the days when goods were built to last. Whether by design or just overzealous cost cutting, we no longer expect anything to […]

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 June 2016
  Learning smart heating – luxury or necessity?

At first glance, heating that programs itself might seem a bit of an extravagant luxury. A ‘zoned’ system that allows you to control every room’s heating at the push of a button is already pretty convenient – much easier than running around the house twiddling manual valves! These systems also allow you to easily set […]

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 June 2016
  Zoned heating worth the investment

It seems like a great idea to control each room individually using a ‘zoned’ heating control systems such as Heat Genius. But it can work out to be a much bigger investment that simple whole house controls. To ‘zone’ your home, each radiator needs to be fitted with a wireless radiator valve, and each underfloor […]

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 June 2016
  Installing Heat Genius: a 3-bedroom house in just 3 hours

Many people are daunted by the idea of upgrading their heating system. It’s understandable really; nobody wants to suffer a mistake that results in chilly mornings and cold showers! Installing a smart heating control system sounds like it could turn into a headache of fussy boilers, leaky pipes and dodgy internet routers. That’s why we […]

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 June 2016
  Hassle free heating for your holiday home

Holiday homes are places to relax and enjoy, where we hope to have a pleasant and uneventful stay. The last thing you want is to arrive to burst pipes or a faulty boiler! That’s the reason that remote heating control is becoming increasingly popular among owners of second homes. A mobile phone app allows you […]

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 June 2016
  Give your boiler a break

In the coldest months, does your home stay chilly, even when the boiler is slogging its guts out? There’s an obvious solution to that: buy a bigger boiler. But there’s a smarter alternative: use a ‘zoned’ heating control system to switch off radiators in empty rooms. It’s an underappreciated benefit of zoned heating control systems: […]

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 June 2016
  Smart technology cuts energy costs while keeping guests cosy

With heating and HVAC taking a massive 45% of a hotel’s energy consumption, it’s no wonder that the hospitality industry is embracing technology to cut their costs and offer guests more control over their environment. Premier Inn, the UK’s largest hotel chain, is opening 5 new “smart hotels”, in which guests can order meals and […]

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 May 2016
  Smart Home ‘IoT’ Technology Heating Up For Birmingham Business

    Last night, the 16th May, Birmingham-based technology company Heat Genius were awarded the edie award for Energy Efficiency Product Innovation. Now in their 17th year, these awards recognise and celebrate advancements in green technologies and excellence in onsite energy, water and resource management. Winners in other categories include EDF Energy, Heineken, B&Q and […]

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 May 2016
  A day with smart heating control

Everyone knows what it’s like to live with “dumb” heating: you turn the thermostat up, it heats your whole house (even when you’re only using one room). But what’s it like to live with a smart heating control like Heat Genius? 07:30 – You wake up, but your heating has already been awake for an […]

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 May 2016
  Installing Heat Genius: a 3-bedroom house in just 3 hours

Installing Heat Genius: a 3-bedroom house in just 3 hours Many people are daunted by the idea of upgrading their heating system. It’s understandable really; nobody wants to suffer a mistake that results in chilly mornings and cold showers! Installing a smart heating control system sounds like it could turn into a headache of fussy […]

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 March 2016
  Job opportunity: Technical Support Assistant

Heat Genius is a small, agile company that is rapidly expanding in an exciting new ‘Internet of Things’ arena. We’ve designed an intelligent heating control system and smart phone app. Three years on, it’s still the most advanced home heating control system available, staying ahead of competition from British Gas, Honeywell and Google. Our product […]

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 February 2016
  The BIG Smart Thermostat Comparison Table 2016

With an increasing number of smart heating controls on the market and new features being added all the time, we know that it can be difficult to know how the different alternatives stack up. So we’ve done the research for you, and created a handy comparison table. This new version builds on our popular BIG […]

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 January 2016
  New: Wet Underfloor heating control

We’re delighted to announce that underfloor heating control is available to order! You can now schedule zone valves (e.g. for ‘wet’ underfloor heating circuits) as well as underfloor heating wiring centres, via the app, just like radiators. You can seamlessly control any combination of radiators and zone valves within a single system, via a single […]

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 December 2015
  Web Developer (LAMP Stack) Wanted

  Position: Web Developer (LAMP Stack) Type: Permanent Salary: Competitive market rate Location: Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham (central) Start date: Immediate Our exciting, agile IoT startup is seeking an experienced web (PHP / HTML5 / JS) developer. We use an integrated system of wireless devices to offer the most advanced intelligent heating control available for domestic […]

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 October 2015
  Cutting through the jargon: IoT explained

  IoT, smart cities, home automation, IFTTT. What on earth does it all mean? How do we make sense of it and why should it matter to us? With these questions in the forefront of the discussion, join me as I cut through the smoke and mirrors and demystify the realm of connected technologies. IoT […]

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 September 2015
  6 High Tech Hotels

  With the likes of Airbnb, taxi hotels and other alternatives gaining traction in the hospitality market, some hotels have turned to technology to give them a step up in the industry. Whether you prefer the comforts of home or relish the opportunity to indulge your inner geek, these hotels are equipped with an array […]

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 September 2015
  Win FREE tickets to Grand Designs 2015!

  Heat Genius are giving away 50 pairs of free tickets to Grand Designs Live at the NEC. Whether you’re a builder, installer or just get your kicks from seeing the most revolutionary tech and design first hand, come October 8-11, Grand Designs is the place to be. Tickets normally cost £19 on the door, […]

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 August 2015
  Smart cities of the future: The Cognicity Challenge

  What would a fully integrated smart city look like? Wi-fi in underground stations? Pavement that converts foot power to electricity? Solar stations for charging your mobile phone? And is this future purely conceptual; an insurmountable pipedream, or a tangible, not too far off future? Over the past few months, Heat Genius have been finding […]

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 July 2015
  TechRadar give their verdict: “This is the future of home heating”

After six months testing of Heat Genius thoroughly in his own home, Tech Radar’s Dean Evans has finally given his verdict: “Heat Genius gives you unprecedented control (and remote control) over your central heating, dragging your old copper pipes into the 21st century. Don’t let the price put you off: once you try such a […]

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 July 2015
  Best free energy saving apps

Nowadays, “there’s an app for that” is an expression that can be applied to almost anything – and cutting your carbon footprint and energy consumption is no exception. Your smartphone can be a handy tool in letting you know where savings can be made. Here’s a quick roundup our Top 3 favourite apps, all free […]

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 June 2015
  Is it time for your heating to go renewable?

When you think of renewable energy the first images that pop into your head are probably of spinning wind turbines and roofs blanketed in solar panels, but there’s another another technology that’s quietly generating over a third of the UK’s renewable energy. Bioenergy is produced from materials made from biological sources, ranging from wood chips […]

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 May 2015
  Have you chosen your Eco-holiday destination?

At Heat Genius we strongly believe in improving energy efficiency and therefore reducing our impact on the environment. From a family home to a large B&B any property can benefit from reducing their carbon footprint. So, as the warm season is already here and we know you’re thinking about your ideal holiday, why not consider […]

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 April 2015
  The smart way to monitor your gas and heating

The tricky British spring weather is here. With warm temperatures during the day but chilly temperatures at night time. What is the most efficient way of lowering your energy bills while keeping your tenants comfortable? How about a self-learning heating control system? The main benefit of our Zoned Heating Control System is its capability of learning […]

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 April 2015
  It’s spring cleaning time!

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, you can almost say it’s summer already. But these springish temperatures should also make you think about cleaning your heating system for improved heating efficiency during this spring. Also, have you ever thought about controlling your hot water remotely from an app over the summer so you […]

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 April 2015
  Benefits of Smart Thermostats

Since 2014 was a big hit for Smart Thermostats and the sales of these clever energy saving gadgets have doubled  according to a research done by Berg Insight, we thought it would be interesting to take a better look at them and investigate the benefits of having an Intelligent Heating Control System. So…what are Smart […]

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 January 2015
  We’ll be live on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester

  Great news! Due to our presence at the Green Home Show this Saturday in Kidderminster and because of the increased interest in Smart Heating Controllers, we’ve been approached by BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester and have been asked to give an interview. So, if you’ll be nearby a radio or usually listen to it […]

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 January 2015
  We’re in Automated Home’s Top 20!

Leading smart home web site Automated Home recently announced their Top 20 Most Read Articles in 2014. It seems that Smart Heating Controllers are a hot topic and that more and more people are looking into transforming their houses into clever, easily controllable homes.Automated home’s look at our system ‘My automated Home: Heat Genius Smart Home Heating Controls’ took 6th […]

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 December 2014
  Did you see us on The Gadget Show?

Did you catch us on Channel 5 television this evening?  We were featured on The Gadget Show, as part of their feature on the latest and greatest automated home technology. Missed the show? You can watch it online – you’ll see us near the beginning.   Our favourite gadget on the show: TopBrewer Our programmers’ dreams have […]

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 December 2014
  Alasdair shows how Heat Genius works

Maybe you’re wondering how Heat Genius fits together? We’ve made a video in which Alasdair explains the different components and how they’re installed in your home. Give it a watch, hopefully it’ll make everything clear. But if you still have a few questions about how Heat Genius can save you energy in your home, feel […]

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 December 2014
  Finally, home automation we can all afford

Countless sci-fi films have painted a vivid picture of the automated home; lights, window blinds and music responding seamlessly as the hero returns home to his futuristic bachelor pad.  But for those of us who aren’t millionaires, this dream has remained elusive: even the most ‘affordable’ systems can easily run into thousands of pounds.  But […]

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 December 2014
  Christmas Giveaway

Pass it on: You can win a free Heat Genius system! Got a friend who would enjoy using a Heat Genius smart heating control system? Don’t keep it to yourself: we’ve teamed up with PC Advisor magazine to run a competition for a Heat Genius system with Hot Water Control worth over £350. It’s easy to enter, […]

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 December 2014
  Powerflush!

Does your boiler make rattling noises, or are your radiators cold at the bottom? These are signs that your central system might be suffering from a buildup of iron oxide ‘sludge’.  This happens because radiators corrode internally, over time.  The corrosion will move around your central heating pipes and can really affect the energy efficiency […]

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 December 2014
  Want the real deal? Ask our customers.

Every company will tell you that their product is great – and we’re no exception!  We truly believe that Heat Genius is a great way to save energy and bring your heating bills under control, by only heating each room when you need it. But hey, we’re biased.  Wouldn’t you rather hear direct from one […]

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 December 2014
  Heat Genius: nothing can knock it

We like to think our system is bomb-proof, but we have to admit – we’ve never tried subjecting it to explosives.  But our customer Christine White can confirm that’s it’s lightning proof, after what happened to her home recently! “It was a Saturday afternoon and I was visiting a friend for the weekend. I left […]

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 December 2014
  Heat Genius – winners of the Innovation Award at the MEBC Annual Business Awards Dinner

The Heat Genius team is delighted to announce that we have won the Innovation Award at the MEBC Annual Business Celebration Awards Dinner held Wednesday, the 3rd of December, 2014. The aim of the event was to celebrate local businesses in the area of West Midlands which are focused on the low carbon economy. The […]

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 December 2014
  Heat Genius in the media

As the weather turns chilly, everyone’s minds have been turning to heating – magazine editors included.  Many publications have been looking in more detail at how high-tech smart heating controls can help cut energy bills. We’re delighted to have been mentioned in several articles from major publications recently.  They’re an interesting read, so we thought we […]

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 December 2014
  Win a Heat Genius with hot water control, worth over £350

Pass it on: You can win a free Heat Genius system! Got a friend who would enjoy using a Heat Genius smart heating control system? Don’t keep it to yourself: we’ve teamed up with PC Advisor magazine to run a competition for a Heat Genius system with Hot Water Control worth over £350. It’s easy to enter, […]

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 December 2014
  Announcing: Hot Water Control

Hot water control has arrived!  Heat Genius can now control your hot water tank so you can save even more off your energy bills by only heating water when you actually need it. If you’ve got a hot water tank that’s heated by your boiler, you can now purchase a version of the Heat Genius […]

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 November 2014
  Can smart homes help tackle fuel poverty?

According to Fuel Poverty Action, more than 10,000 people died from the impacts of fuel poverty in 2012/2013. Millions more struggled to pay their bills, top up their prepayment meters, and were bullied by energy companies because they owed them money they couldn’t pay. Why are so many people struggling to heat their homes?  Largely because they’re so poorly insulated.  According […]

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 July 2014
  The Top 5 Energy Saving Technologies for under £500

Did you know, the average house spends £1,264 a year on their gas and electric bills?* According to an Ofgem study in 2013, energy bills are rising at a faster rate than household income! Here are new innovative ways, from five different companies, to reduce your bills and save you pounds – without the hassle […]

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 July 2014
  Comparison: Heat Genius vs. iQE Halo

What’s good about iQE Halo? iQE Halo is a simple way to control your heating and hot water, either from your smartphone or a portable control panel that you can move around your home. It comes with several parts: the iQE Gateway 370b, iQE Temperature Sensor ES301, the iQE Relay Switch SR302 and iQE Halo […]

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 July 2014
  Heat Genius vs. Nest

What’s good about Nest? Nest lets you control your boiler from your smartphone, and it also learns when you’re normally home so it’s nice and warm when you get home. Plus it’s also really shiny! What’s better about Heat Genius? The big advantage of Heat Genius is that you can add wireless radiator valves to […]

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 July 2014
  Heat Genius vs. Hive

What’s good about British Gas’ Hive? Hive Active Heating lets you remote control your heating via the web and they’ve got a funky smartphone app too. It’s from a big company (British Gas), it’s received pretty good reviews and it’s a few quid cheaper than Heat Genius. We’re sure it would save you some money […]

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 July 2014
  Heat Genius vs. Honeywell Evohome

What’s good about the Honeywell Evohome? International thermostat giant Honeywell have recently launched a zoned heating controller, which lets you control each radiator in your home. Honeywell claim impressive savings of up to 40% off your heating bill. What’s better about Heat Genius? To be honest, they’ve both got pretty similar functionality and will both […]

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 June 2014
  A customer reviews our system on Recombu [VIDEO]

One of our customers, Adam Burgess, spoke to Recombu about how he’s using Heat Genius to bring his heating under control: Adam says that Heat Genius has made it a lot easier to control his heating and reduce his bills: “I’ve now managed to get all of my rooms under full control so the temperature […]

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 May 2014
  The Warm & Healthy Homes Show

Would you like to see the future of energy saving homes? Heat Genius will be featured at the centre of the “Heat Your Home” Zone of the Warm & Healthy Homes Show. The show will give you a chance to get hands on with the Heat Genius system, alongside products from Vaillant, Panasonic, Nest and […]

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 April 2014
  The BIG heating control comparison table

You can read all the reviews but with an increasing number of smart thermostats becoming available in the UK, it can be hard to keep track of which features each heating control system offers. Which lets you zone your house using wireless radiator valves? Which is smart enough to learn when you’re normally around? Which […]

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 March 2014
  Free tickets to Homebuilding & Renovation Show

We’re going to The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, Birmingham on 27-30 March – and we’d love you to join us! There will be over 500 exhibitors, free seminars and expert advice: everything you need to create your dream home. Simply click here to claim two free tickets. Heat Genius team

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 March 2014
  If Siri could see, would she care for me?

Apple recently revealed their interest in using motion sensors to observe users’ normal patterns of behaviour and provide better care for the elderly. Their proposed system takes account of the context, such as time, as well as behaviour – so it can do things like reminding somebody to take medication half an hour after eating […]

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 March 2014
  Heat Genius declared “smartest of them all”

Our friends over at TheGreenAge have written a comprehensive comparison of the top heating control systems on the market: Nest, Hive, Evohome and, of course, Heat Genius! All of the systems on review are definitely an upgrade from a standard inflexible thermostat, but they reckon that Heat Genius is the “smartest of the lot” and the […]

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 March 2014
  New version of the Heat Genius app released

We’ve been beavering away on the Heat Genius app, adding some neat little features and ironing out a few niggles.  To use the new features all you need to do is quit the app and then launch it and log in again, you’ll then get all these features automatically – we just thought we’d let […]

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 February 2014
  Half of UK householders think its cheaper to leave the heating on

Time to bust some energy myths! A recent survey of UK householders showed that a shocking 50% think it’s cheaper to leave their home heating on all day than turning the heating on or off and up or down when required. That’s simply not true. According to the Energy Savings Trust, “For the majority of […]

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