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...

Just Energy Solutions Partners with BMW & Schneider Electric To Install Electric Vehicle Charge Points

Just Energy Solutions has been appointed as BMW and Schneider Electric’s preferred installer of their i Wallbox electric vehicle (EV) charge points for London and the South, across their range of i3s, i8s and the soon to be released X5. In 2013, BMW and Schneider Electric teamed up to provide customers with a means of charging the all-electric BMW i3 at home.  The partnership saw Schneider Electric become the manufacturer of the BMW i Wallbox, as well as the recommended provider of installation packages. This relationship has blossomed as BMW’s range of electric vehicles has continued to expand and Schneider Electric, via their partners, have provided home surveys, supply and installation of the charging point, as well as offering maintenance and comprehensive support. Just Energy Solutions are the newest addition to the partnership and will be acting as preferred installer of the i Wallbox Pure across London and the South of England. This will expand to include the i Wallbox Pro upon its UK release later this year. The i Walbox Pro will combine solar PV panels and the charge point to power vehicles with clean, sustainable, self-generated electricity, with the option of connecting to a range of smart home systems for even more control and functionality. “We are extremely pleased to have Just Energy Solutions join our BMW Wallbox Installation Team. We believe that they will provide the expertise and efficiency required in this valuable project as well as meet the standards and level of service which Schneider Electric, BMW and their customers have come to expect. Just Energy Solutions’ reputation for quality only reinforces our confidence in...

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...

Preparing for the Future – Just Energy Solutions to go Electric!

Being experts in all aspects of renewable and sustainable technology, it will come as no surprise that the Just Energy Solutions team are avid electric vehicle fans. Producing zero emissions, electric vehicles are totally 100 percent free of pollutants. So by replacing our fuel guzzling cars for EVs, we can dramatically reduce our environmental footprint. But having a more positive effect on the environment is not the only perk of owning an electric vehicle. EVs have been proven to be three times more efficient than gas engines, have increased safety measures and they get better mileage than any other car on the road! So, taken into account all of the above, Just Energy Solutions have made the decision that our company should invest in an electric vehicle fleet! By switching to electric, we can further reduce our businesses impact on the environment and help to preserve our world for future generations. With our main office based in St Albans, we can also contribute towards reducing the high pollution levels in and around London. In the first step towards making our plans a reality, our team recently took the Renault Zoe for a test drive. The Renault Zoe is a five door, 100 percent electric car that offers fantastic value for money. We found that the quiet, smoothing driving experience of the Renault Zoe offered a truly relaxing experience and we found that keeping up with the pace of traditional road traffic was not a problem. We are excited at the outcome of the test drive on the Renault Zoe and are looking forward to testing even more electric vehicles...

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...