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How to use IFTTT

IFTTT- Ocupancy detection.

IFTTT- Ocupancy detection.

Genius Home already gives you advanced control of your heating, but our new IFTTT functionality lets you go even further. For example, you can use
our 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



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


  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.

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.

Feel free to let us know on Facebook or Twitter which clever applets you’ve created!

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Smart cities of the future: The Cognicity Challenge


What would a fully iSmart cities of the futurentegrated 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 out. We’ve trekked back and forth to the capital to participate in an intensive 12 week programme, the Cognicity Challenge, organised by the Canary Wharf Group. The goal of the challenge is to identify and launch smart city solutions that “inform the creation of the integrated city of the future”.


The finalists

All finalists, including Heat Genius, are pioneers in technologies that improve efficiency and reduce costs for a city’s residents. The products and designs can all be retrofitted to existing buildings and anticipate and adapt to future construction and lifestyle needs. Innovations were divided into six streams, each one an instrumental element of an integrated smart city.

It’s been a great opportunity to develop and enhance our products, exploring lots of opportunities for collaboration, networking with other “Internet of Things” (IoT) companies that are spearheading the way into the smart future, and meeting with potential investors.

Connected homes

We were finalists in the ‘connected home’ category. The term ‘connected home’ isn’t yet commonly used in the mainstream vernacular, but over the coming months and years that’s likely to change as we see an explosion in connected home objects and devices. This breed of smart technology is becoming more affordable, easy-to-use and and integrated with devices that are already installed in the home.

Simply put, the connected home is about being able to regulate and monitor the home through an ecosystem of connected devices. Products include home security and monitoring devices, wi-fi lightbulbs, smart thermostats, pet feeding systems… even smart stoves, washers and dryers. Such home automation technologies are designed to enhance living conditions, security and generally boost energy efficiency and savings.

Other streams at Cognicity focussed on topics such as transportation, virtual design and construction. To pick a few, we loved:

  • Pavegen – Pavement that harnesses the energy from footsteps and turns it into electrical power
  • 3D geospatial modelling innovators, CyberCity3D
  • Mellowcabs – A fully electric minicab and app for urban areas
  • Voyage Control – Likened to “air traffic control for trucks”, this system helps businesses schedule freight deliveries and maximise spare capacity in freight vehicles

If these innovations excite you even half as much as they do us, take a look at all the innovations!

Just a few weeks after the challenge has ended, we’re excited to be in preliminary discussions with Canary Wharf Group on trialling Heat Genius as part of their amazing new Wood Wharf development. Watch this space.

See our CEO Alastair explaining the Heat Genius system during Cognicity:

Have you come across any smart technologies worth shouting about? Let us know!

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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 system that allows you to schedule your hot water tank to only be heated when you need it, and switch off the rest of the time to save energy. With this system, you can schedule your hot water tank in just the same way as individual radiators in your home; from a smartphone, tablet or any web browser.

The base Heat Genius system with hot water control costs just £299, and radiator valves and motion sensors can be added to enable automatic, zoned control.  Existing customers can upgrade to hot water control for just £50 plus installation. To order, you can simply create your system online.

If your hot water tank is heated by an electric immersion heater, it needs a different kind of controller, which we’re currently developing and will be launching very soon.  If you’d like to use Heat Genius to control an electric immersion heater, please register your interest in electric immersion control today and you’ll be the first to know when it’s launched.