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Brand New Genius Hub Smart Home Integration Releases

Brand New Genius Hub Smart Home Integration Released

Genius Hub have been working hard to bring our customers usability on the very best smart home platforms. In partnership with Intrinsic Dev, Genius Hub is now available on two advanced smart home automation systems…

We are pleased to announce the release of the drivers for Control4 and ELAN.

About Control4

Control4 is a provider of automation and networking systems for homes and businesses enabling a personalised and unified smart home system allowing users to connect third-party devices including lighting, audio, video, climate control and security.

Features on the Genius Hub Driver for Control4

  • Thermostat: Setpoint change
  • Current room temperature
  • Intrinsic Platinum Integration – Official Genius Hub driver
  • Driver uses Intrinsic(Athena) technology for key free licensing, update alerts and enhanced support

Please note – scheduling is not currently supported

To download the Control4 driver Please Click below

About ELAN

ELAN control systems is part of the Nortek Control family – a global leader in smart connected devices and systems for residential, security, access control and digital health markets. Elan’s award-winning smart home entertainment and control system combines advanced smart home systems including whole home audio, video, climate control and security with an easy-to-use interface that puts the user in control, anywhere in the world.

Features on the Genius Hub Driver for ELAN  

  • Thermostat: The device will present the temperature reading to ELAN as a thermostat device and allow scheduling.
  • Intrinsic Platinum Integration – Official Genius Hub driver
  • Driver uses Intrinsic(Athena) technology for key free licensing, update alerts and enhanced support

Please note: Hot water control is not supported as Elan does not support this mode of operation.

To download the ELAN driver Please Click below

Intrinsic Dev are one of the largest multi-platform software developers for smart home integrations globally. We are development partners for Control4, Crestron, ELAN, RTI and Savant and have released over 240 drivers to date. We’re incredibly proud to have worked with many of the leading AV, security, lighting, and power manufacturers globally, and have an enviable portfolio of both self-funded and manufacturer commissioned partner drivers. Intrinsic Dev was founded, and is run, by people with first-hand knowledge of the Custom Install industry. We aim to provide integration solutions and support that are cost effective, easy to deploy and above-all, reliable.

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Energy Awards 2022

Energy Awards 2022

We are delighted to announce that Genius Hub has won a coveted 2022 Energy Award…

About the Awards​

With 19 categories rewarding different aspects of the industry, the awards, recognise the leading people, products, projects and services in the sector, from Net Zero Initiative to Energy Champion of the Year.

This year saw the introduction of a face-to-face judging round, where finalists presented their entries directly to the judges.

This round, allowing entrants ‘to tell their story’ in a dynamic process is helping the Energy Awards, run by B2B publisher Emap, become one of the most sought-after accolades in the energy sector. The awards night itself combines industry recognition and unrivalled networking opportunities.

Andrew Gaved, Editor-in-chief of Emap’s H&V News and RAC magazines, who co-hosts the Energy Awards, said:

“This industry has gone through a turbulent time in the last year, but these awards show companies and individuals continuing to innovate, continuing to find ways to reduce energy and continuing to work hard for their customers, whether businesses or homeowners. This sector will be a key player in the journey to Net Zero so we are proud to honour its achievements.”

About the Project

In its search for an effective, low-cost energy saving measure that could easily be retrofitted to the buildings across its estate, The Belfry Hotel & Resort engaged Genius Hub to carry out a pilot project on one of its buildings, Jacklin House. The aim was to significantly reduce the energy consumption within the rooms of the hotel, while at the same time improving guest comfort. Through the simple expedient of fitting Genius Radiator Valves that would adjust the temperature depending on the occupancy of the room, the client found that a lot of heat energy could be saved. 

Genius Hub carried out the work during normal working hours, taking only 20 minutes on average to install the equipment during routine room changeovers. The Monitoring and Verification report carried out before and after installation found an average of 64% saving in energy – the second-largest running cost of the hotel after staff. Following the high levels of customer satisfaction, Genius Hub is now being rolled out to other buildings across the Belfry estate. 

The Results

Genius Hub has won the Energy Project of the Year: Commercial and Industrial Award for their work with the Belfry Hotel, and was praised by the expert judging panel, who are drawn from across the energy sector: Judges praised our winning project for its innovation and cost effectiveness and for being very transferable.

The Energy Awards 2022
For More information on the Energy Award 2022 Winners

Notes to Editors

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Rising Energy Prices

UK Natural Gas Futures –

Rising Energy Prices

We take a look at the future of natural gas and home heating

It’s being dubbed ‘the perfect storm’. A cold winter, lack of storage capacity and rising global gas demand (in both hot and cold climates) have caused wholesale gas prices to soar to record highs. 

Consumers are right to be worried. Energy bills will soar this winter and much uncertainty lies ahead. In the short to medium term, prices should gradually return to normal levels but as the effects of global warming become more prevalent, greater extremes in temperatures may cause abnormal surges in energy demand to become more common. The prospect of continued volatility will not ease consumers’ anxieties.

The first port of call for homeowners is to know what rates they’re paying their supplier and to monitor their usage. Bill payers can also protect themselves by purchasing energy-efficient appliances and use smart meters or thermostats. Some may be tempted to overhaul their gas boilers entirely. Energy companies are already beginning to make the push to convert homes to electrical sources of heating – primarily Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps – but despite their efforts gas is here to stay. 

87% of UK homes are currently heated by gas and would have to undergo conversion. Not only does this present unique challenges to each home in terms of space and noise considerations, but Air Source Heat Pumps are also less efficient at lower temperatures (i.e. when they’re at highest demand) and don’t produce comparable heat levels to that of gas & oil boilers. In addition, not all homeowners will be able to afford the large upfront costs (around £6k – £10k). One estimate puts the total cost of installing a Heat Pump at £11,500.

Although not ideal in all cases, Heat Pumps will still play a big role in the next decade. The Department for Business, Energy & Industry Strategy (BEIS) forecasts 1 – 1.7 million new installs over the next decade and the domestic manufacturing market for Air Source Heat Pumps is projected to be valued at £3 – £5 billion by 2035. This is by no means a panacea but fortunately, there is another solution gaining traction – Hydrogen.
The idea for Hydrogen fuel is not new. It emits no greenhouse gases when burned with oxygen, the only product being water. The main barrier to Hydrogen as a fuel is that there are no natural reserves and will have to be produced either by electrolysis (which is costly but sustainable) or steam-methane reduction (which is cheap but unsustainable). Storage and transport infrastructure are also lacking. Yet the UK government seems game for Hydrogen. It recently announced a plan to create 9,000 jobs and £4 billion in investment this decade to create a new Hydrogen Economy, the scope of which applies to industries such as transport and the gas network.
In the context of home heating, the idea is to begin by injecting our existing natural gas supply with Hydrogen at low doses and increase the dosage in the coming decades, with the aim to wean off natural gas entirely. Converting the entire gas network to Hydrogen presents many challenges but a recent trial from Keele University and Cadent of 130 homes showed that 20% dosing of Hydrogen has had no effect on existing gas appliances in the short term. This is great news as it means entire districts will be able to convert gradually rather than all being forced to convert at once. The upcoming ban on gas boiler sales into new builds will give a good indication on whether consumers choose Hydrogen gas boilers or take a punt on Heat Pumps.

In terms of production & supply, as there are no reserves of Hydrogen the role of geopolitics in energy should start to decline. If production can be done right and reliably maintained this will lead to more stability – domestically produced Hydrogen has the potential to reduce the UK’s dependency on imports and could mitigate against another winter price spike.

Today, around 53% of Hydrogen is produced from steam-methane reformation as it is the cheapest. Hydrogen produced from electrolysis costs around £55 – 65 / MWh to produce while Green Hydrogen costs £100 – 200 / MWh. In the UK the price cap for Natural Gas is currently at £40 / MWh so much advancement is needed before it can be made viable for the end-user.

With all that said, without protections against demand, surging price spikes will still occur. The UK government has little appetite for expanding its natural gas storage capacity but recently announced a £1.6 billion plan to convert a recently closed offshore storage facility, Rough, to Hydrogen storage. 

The coming green energy transition will involve much experimentation and further energy crises can’t yet be ruled out. Interestingly, this is the first energy transition in history where the metric of success will not be increased efficiency of the fuel source (open fires to boilers increased efficiency from ~20% to ~95%) but the levels of greenhouse gasses produced. This will of course offer little comfort to those struggling through the winter. Whatever the result of the energy crisis this winter, if consumers see red then we need to go green.

Author: Ryan Duplock
Author: Ryan Duplock
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Introducing Genius Hub 5.6

Introducing Genius Hub Firmware and App 5.6

Your ideas help Genius Hub evolve. We’ve listened to your views and we’ve made some updates and improvements to make your experience better. Here’s what’s new…

Smart Made Simple

A new feature has been included in the Genius Hub software to allow for temperature limiting in specific zones through a manual override on the Genius Hub app. This will allow you to gain greater control over the temperatures within your property, save energy, and reduce energy bills. This was a commonly requested feature by landlords to allow temperature control set by tenants in specific zones of their properties, so we’ve created a feature to encompass the requirements of all of our users, for you.

We’ve also made some successful improvements to our Genius Radiator Valves that now carry out a test to make sure that they can move the pin in the TRV once a week. This is to help stop the valve pin ‘sticking’, especially during the summer when the heating is often off for prolonged periods of time allowing sediment to settle and harden. These tests were usually done at random, however, Genius Radiator Valves tests are now synchronised to a Thursday morning, which has been a commonly requested feature.

Previously, devices occasionally required re-configuration, such as Hidden Offsets and Wake Up Times features’ settings being lost when batteries were changed. This issue has been remedied in the most in the most recent patch on 27 September 2021, and now both device wake up periods and valve hidden offset values should be correctly reset and maintained. The value checks are now performed every 24 hours to ensure that the correct values are being maintained in line with their settings.

Top Tips for this Winter

Simple Solutions To Smart Electric Heating Control

The rise in our demand for smart control for electric heating, combined with feedback from our partnership with Jigsaw Infrared, has enabled us to improve our accessibility and inclusivity to our customers who use electric heating systems. On our latest app update you are now able to add a new zone for Electric Heating, rather than assigning through the ‘Underfloor’ Umbrella. This facilitates both a better customer experience, and helps us support your heating better going forward.

Can’t See These Updates?

Make sure your Hub is updated to firmware 5.6.6. Some of our recent Hub updates will be linked to the new firmware and is needed to use some of the new features. You can check you have the most recent version on your app by going on the ‘about’ section for all software information.

Genius Wireless Thermostat

New Features: Notable Mentions

  • Now supporting iOS 15 & Android 11
  • Support for the WRT-D (Check out our blog on the latest Wireless Room Thermostat to find out more)
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Want to give us feedback or have your say on future updates?

Email with the subject *Introducing Genius Hub 5.6* to have your opinions heard.
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Integrate Genius Heating into your Smart Home

Integrating Genius Hub into your Smart Home

Genius Hub offers controls for your Smart Heating, but how do we engage with other Smart Devices and Home Automation software?

Amazon Alexa

The Genius Hub Smart Home skill allows you to interact with your Genius Hub system through Amazon Alexa. Using spoken commands (or the app), you can instantly control your Genius devices. Heres how…

The Genius Hub Smart Home skill allows you to say things like:

  • Set the Living Room to 21 degrees
  • Set the Living Room to 21 degrees for 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • What temperature is the Living Room?
  • What is the Living Room set to?
  • What temperature is it in here? (if a group is set up that contains the Alexa device and the Thermostat)
  • Set the temperature to 21 degrees (if a group is set up that contains the Alexa device and the Thermostat)
  • Set the temperature to 21 degrees for Y [hours / minutes] (if a group is set up that contains the Alexa device and the Thermostat)
  • Make it warmer in Living Room
  • Make it cooler in Living Room
  • Make it warmer in here
  • Make it cooler in here
  • Set Living Room thermostat to off (sets the zone to Off mode)
  • Set Living Room thermostat to heat (sets the zone to override mode – duration and temperature are set on the Settings page for the zone in the Genius Hub app)
  • Set Living Room thermostat to automatic (sets the zone to Timer mode)
  • Resume Living Room schedule (cancels override)
  • Turn on/off the Electric Blanket

Enable The Skill:

  1. Log in to the Alexa app on your phone / tablet, or in a web browser (Note: you may have to click on the link twice, once to prompt you to log into your Alexa account and second to enable the beta evaluation)
  2. Either click the link above OR
  3. Go to ‘Skills’ (web) or ‘Skills & Games’ (app) 
  4. Enter ‘Genius Hub Smart Home’ in the search box
  5. Enable the skill – this will take you to a page to enter your Hub credentials
  6. You should then be prompted to ‘Discover Devices’, do this to see each of your zones as a controllable device.


Genius Hub already gives you advanced control of your heating, but with IFTTT we can help you go even further. IFTTT means ‘if this then that’ and allows you to connect surfaces and applications used in everyday life to make your smart home smarter.

Use Genius Hub 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 phone’s location
  • Turn off Genius Hub Smart Plug controlled appliances when you leave home.
  • Turn on outside heaters at sunset.
  • Have your bathroom underfloor heating turn on with your alarm in the morning.

No need to only use the applets we’ve provided, though! You can easily create your own applets to link your Genius Hub system with the thousands of other devices that are compatible with IFTTT. Here’s how:

Installing IFTTT:

  1. Sign up and log into and link your Genius Hub, if you’ve not done so already.
  2. Click on your username in the top right and select “New Applet”. You should be greeted with “if this then that” in big letters.
  3. Click “this”, search for your device/app (e.g. ‘Genius Hub’) and pick a trigger that will start your applet.
  4. Then click “that” and follow the steps to pick an action for your applet to carry out.
  5. Choose a name for your applet, and whether or not to receive mobile notifications when the trigger fires.
  6. Click “Finish” to make your applet live.
Please note: Some fields may take a few seconds to load as they fetch data from your Hub. If you need any more information on how to set up IFTTT, have a look on the IFTTT web site or our support page.

We would love to hear your feedback!

Email with the subject 'Genius Hub Integrations' to let us know your thoughts on our home automation applications.