Reduce Your Heating Bills this Winter: Control Your Thermostat

Reduce Your Heating Bills This Winter: Control Your Thermostat Small changes = big savings Boilers and your heating account for about 60% of what you spend in a year on energy, so making a few small changes could have a big impact on heating bills. Don’t pay more than you need to for heating this winter. Read our tips below and start saving today! Make your thermostat work for you If used correctly, heating controls can let you keep your home at a comfortable temperature without wasting too much heat or fuel. Set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature – between 18 and 21 degrees on average. Reducing your temperature by just 1% could save you up to 10% on your bill. The average heating bill in the UK was £720/year as of 2014, so a 10% saving means up to £72 or more per year! A programmable thermostat allows you to set up your heating to turn on and off at different times of the day using ‘on’ and ‘off’ time periods. The majority of models will let you set the domestic hot water and central heating to go on and off at different times. Remember to check the clock on the programmer is correct before you set your programmes – you’ll also need to adjust this each time the clocks change. Measure your warm-up and cool-down times Wait for a cold evening, turn your heating on and time how long it takes your house to warm up to your comfortable temperature (warm-up time). Next, turn the heating completely off and time how long it takes for...

We’re Expanding: Just Energy Solutions Opens Office in South West

Second branch of Just Energy Solutions has now opened in Truro, Cornwall Currently servicing the South East including London, the Home Counties and East Anglia from our St Albans Office, the Truro Office will expand the Team’s area of operation to cover the South West including Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. The new Office will meet the renewable energy, efficient heating and smart home technology installation, service and maintenance needs of both domestic and commercial customers in the area, as well as creating local opportunities for employment. Plans to develop operations in the South West were initiated by a growing demand for the services we provide in the region. After starting work in the area in April 2014 with a small team of surveyors and engineers, we’ve grown to expand our team of operations managers, surveyors, engineers and apprentices – as well as currently having vacancies for two additional engineers (interested engineers should contact us for details or visit our website’s Careers section). The new office is operated out of Penstraze Business Centre, a stone’s throw from bustling Truro – Cornwall’s centre for administration, leisure and retail. “Our whole ethos is built around the service we deliver to our customers and the fact that we can make a difference to those living in the region, which makes me proud to be at the forefront of the South West development. “By having such a diverse product range, from biomass and solar PV through to conventional gas, oil and electric heating we, as our name suggests, have a solution to suit every customer’s needs. Cost-effective servicing ensures we’re not just interested in new jobs,...

Software Update for Nest Allows You to Save Even More Money!

Every Nest Thermostat that is connected to Wi-Fi will automatically receive Nest’s 4.3 software update allowing its users to benefit from the following: Enhanced Auto-Schedule This update allows the system to learn from your behaviour and shifts in energy usage patterns for the entire history of you h aving the device, as opposed to only evaluating recent changes. Creators of the Nest have suggested this enhancement will save users a further 6% on heating and cooling. Quick view Screen This enhanced interface uses icons instead of words allowing you to quickly access key information such as weather, levels of humidity and indoor temperature. This has eliminated the need to go through all of the settings and menus to access information as everything you will need to know for the day will display on screen. System Test Nest will be able to run a system test which will allow you to double check that your system is in fully working order. Through following a set of simple instructions you can run a test which will identify whether there is any problems or issues arising with your system. The H&V News Awards judges have selected the organisations who demonstrated the very highest standards in their respective fields for the 2016 Awards, and the Just Energy Solutions Team is proud to have been shortlisted for both the “Energy Efficient Installer of the Year” and “Smart Installer of the Year” categories.Following the established format, the first phase of judging took place online, with judges reviewing a record number of nominations and handpicking their shortlist of finalists. All shortlisted finalists presented their case to...

Nest Comes over to the EU

The Nest Learning Thermostat has already taken the US, Canada and the UK by storm, now it has been confirmed that it will be making an appearance in shops all over the EU. Since being released in the US two years ago, the Nest Thermostat has quickly established itself as one of the most sought after gadgets for the modern home. Giving its owners the power to accurately monitor their energy usage with the aim of significantly reducing their bills, the Nest Learning Thermostat is a desirable tool. Despite only being available to buy direct from the US, Canada and more recently the UK, the Nest Thermostat has managed to wind its way into being installed in 120 countries worldwide. Nest Thermostats have been shipped over by relatives, hidden in suitcases, and purchased on Ebay and Amazon by people who are desperate to make a Nest Learning Thermostat part of their home. Now the people of Belgium, France, Ireland and the Netherlands will be able to purchase the Nest Learning Thermostat from one of the 400 stores that are due to stock both the Nest Thermostat and the Nest Protect by the end of the month. The Nests that they purchase will even speak to them in the language of their home country, putting an end to Nest smuggling for the citizens of Europe once and for all! There has already been a huge demand for Nest products in Europe, in the UK alone an additional 100 stores have stocked the Nest Thermostat since April and the number of Nest installations have continued to grow at a shockingly fast...

Nest Open Up Their Developer Programme

Nest have recently announced the opening of their developer programme, and are working with developers all over the world in order to achieve their vision of creating a more conscious and thoughtful home. Opening this developer programme will enable any Nest Device, including theNest Learning Thermostat, to securely interact with all your other everyday devices. The Nest Developer programme opened officially in June, and already a number of ‘Works with Nest` integrations are up and running. LIFX light bulbs can work with your Nest Learning Thermostat by turning the lights in your home on and off when you are away, making it look like someone is home and decreasing the risk of break-ins and burglaries. Mercedes Benz is another product that can works well alongside, letting your Nest Thermostat know when you are driving home and enabling it to know the right moment to start heating your home. Nest are looking at all kinds of developers that could help make homes more aware, providing the tools that the developers need to make this a reality. For developers that think they have a good idea but are in need of funding, Nest have teamed up with Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins on an initiative to help entrepreneurs bring their conscious home ideas to life. The H&V News Awards judges have selected the organisations who demonstrated the very highest standards in their respective fields for the 2016 Awards, and the Just Energy Solutions Team is proud to have been shortlisted for both the “Energy Efficient Installer of the Year” and “Smart Installer of the Year” categories.Following the established format, the first...

Smart tech that can give you a smarter more effcient home

Smart technology for the home is undeniably cool and can give your home a sleek and ultra-modern feel, but the big question for consumers; does it save you any money when it comes to the household bills? Well these products believe they can. The Nest Learning Thermostat is a programmer, and thermostat in one. It learns your schedule to programme itself, turns down the heat when you’re away, and can be controlled from your mobile phone. It shows you how much heat you’ve used over the last 10 days, and sends an Energy Report every month to help you track and manage your energy use. With this kind of information readily at your fingertips the Nest Thermostat really could go a long way in saving you money, simply by allowing you to keep an eye on exactly what kind of energy you are using over a period of time. One of the key features in the most cutting-edge net-zero homes is actually something that has been on the smart tech radar for some time now, a digitised energy monitoring system. Whether you’re on the traditional power grid or relying solely on solar energy, computerised electricity systems not only monitor the electricity a home is using at any given time, but also how much each individual outlet is using. Lighting can make up 10-20% of the total electrical usage of the home.  Installing an automatic dimmer, which adjusts to the home owner’s needs based on time of day or occupancy, will lower electricity bills and increase the life expectancy of light bulbs. Energy saving light bulbs are also great bits...