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smartphone controlled central heating

smartphone controlled central heating

This is a sponsored post in association with evohome.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Smartphone controlled central heating sounds positively space-age, doesn’t it?  Yet Honeywell, heating control specialists, have created just that with their evohome intelligent heating system.

Evohome connects to your boiler and existing radiators and allow you to control your entire heating system via a wireless central console or smartphone app.  This allows you to control the heating room-by-room.  I’m quite bad at adjusting my thermostats – I just turn on my heating and that’s that – but Honeywell’s Jeremy Paterson makes a great point when he says “In the same way you don’t only have one light switch for your entire house, we believe you shouldn’t control your heating with one single switch“:

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Thinking about it, my daughter is often tucked up warm and cosy in bed, while we’re freezing in the living room.  Not wanting to go in and risk waking her to turn her radiator thermostat down so we can have the heating on in the living room without cooking her in her tiny bedroom, we’d really benefit from being able to adjust her radiator via smartphone controlled central heating.

Even if you don’t have young kids, perhaps you have some rooms that don’t need to be heated, or have smaller rooms that require less heating than the larger rooms?  Or maybe you sensibly want to heat your hall less than your main rooms?  Instead of having to go round and adjust all of your radiator thermostats you can just sit on your sofa and adjust the heating with the touch of a button (saving energy in more ways than one!).

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For me, the absolute best thing about Evohome and their smartphone controlled central heating is that you can also control your heating when you are away from home.  In winter I hate coming home to a freezing cold house, so I like to set the timer for 20 minutes before I’m due home so the house is warm and cosy for my return.  Which works great some of the time, but then there are other times when my heating is on and I’ve been stuck in a traffic jam, or had to unexpectedly work late, or (before I became a parent!) had impromptu nights out straight after work, causing me to unnecessarily waste energy.  With evohome you can just use your iOS or android smartphone and switch your heating off.  Genius!

Honeywell say the evohome system can save you up to 40% on your heating bills, which is a pretty hefty saving.  The evohome pack, which is guaranteed to fit most heating systems, including those with stored hot water, will be available for purchase in the UK in January 2014.  Priced from £249, it should soon pay for itself in energy savings.  Smartphone controlled central heating?  I’m definitely in!

For more information on evohome and how to find a Honeywell installer visit the evohome website.

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Homeware Made From Fruit?

recycled fruit bowl

recycled fruit bowl

Yes, you read that correctly.  Homeware, from fruit.  That’s exactly what Melbourne based design duo Mathery have created, using fruit skins.

Currently on sale on their Fruit Wares include a banana skin bowl, an avocado skin vase, an orange skin canister and melon skin coasters:

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They are entirely handmade pieces – the duo carefully cut the fruit skins into geometric shapes that they then moulded into functional homewares that are entirely eco-friendly.  As well as being green (quite literally!) they are certainly real conversation pieces!

If you’re taken by them there are currently no UK stockists although they do offer free shipping to the UK (although posting them from Australia to the UK may well negate the environmentally friendly aspects of the vases).

What do you think of them?  Would you have one in your home?