Energy management - our home headache

The UK has been hit with an unusual cold spell already this early in the winter. Even the South of England has seen several inches of snow and many frosty mornings. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular with sky coloured in many shades of pink and orange. But every morning and night, the same question arises: what shall we do with the heating in the house?

Energy management in our house is somewhat simplistic. There is a timer on the boiler but you can only have the boiler on or off or on twice a day. There is a thermostat in the house, of course, but you need to manually adjust the temperature. So not really very hi-tec! The complaint from the family is that the house is too cold when they get back from school and work, and in the mornings, when they wake up. And how many times have we forgotten to put the thermostat down and have been boiling the house during the day without us there!

So, we clearly need to make some improvements with our energy management – if only to make it somewhat more user-friendly and certainly more efficient. My technical colleagues tell me that our Whzan service would be just the item for our household. We could get more temperature sensors installed throughout the house and a relatively low-cost device to control the boiler slightly more elegantly – all available from DIY stores. Whzan can see the boiler controller and all I need to do is to look at the Whzan page on my computer at work and control the temperature at home to my heart's content – or even programme the temperature changes during the day.

That sounds pretty cool to me – or is it warm??!!

Emma Hamilton

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