Smart energy systems: Nest vs Hive vs Evohome vs Heat Genius vs OWL vs Tado vs Salus iT500 vs Cosy vs Climote

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It’s about time that we took control of our heating bills because heating accounts for 60 per cent of household energy expenditure and 40% of British homes don’t even have a thermostat!

Which of the eight systems currently on the market do we like the most?

The Nest learning thermostat

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Former Apple iPod and iPhone hardware development chief Tony Fadell wants to turn your home's thermostat into the next "must-have" gadget by imbuing it with an Apple-like design sensibility.

Chinese investment in UK energy is all well and good, but the Government is driving UK solar power to the wall

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Steve Howell says the UK solar power energy sector faces meltdown with proposals to significantly cut the feed-in-tarriff.

When Manchester rolled out Denis Law and Mike Summerbee to meet China’s president on Friday, the symbolism seemed apt.

Much as I admired them both as players, the offering of two ageing former footballers felt like a metaphor for past glories long since lost in the glare of new money.

Government kills off UK solar industry

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The UK government is to cut support for domestic rooftop solar to 13% of current levels, with similar cuts for bigger systems, and end all support for small scale renewables by 2019. The likely result, and surely the intention, is to kill off the UK's solar industry altogether.

The Government has today set out its plan to cut subsidies for small scale solar PV in the UK - and it's punitive.

Goodbye Energeno + DIY Kyoto + Wattson

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A lot of our web visitors have been calling up and asking why they can no longer find the Energeno website, so we thought we should publish this blog post to explain:

Energeno have ceased trading

You may be a bit surprised by this, we certainly were. Having traded with them for over 4 years we would have expected someone to let us know this change was imminent, but no.

So, suffice to say, there will be no more Energeno, DIY Kyoto or Wattson products being made and the only ones on sale now are the last of the stock or are second hand.

Energy customers 'paying too much'

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Millions of energy customers have been "paying too much for their energy bills", a year-long investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found.

Between 2009 and 2013, British Gas, E-On, Npower, EDF Energy, Scottish Power and SSE collectively charged households £1.2bn a year more than they would have in a competitive market, the CMA said.

It found dual fuel customers could save £160 a year on average by switching.

The CMA has suggested several remedies.

One measure it is considering is a transitional price cap while reforms are made to the energy market.

Why DECC struggles to keep up with solar PV capacity data…and why SPP don’t

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Ever since large-scale solar hit the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has struggled with keeping track of cumulative solar PV capacity deployed in the UK. And this is directly transferrable to any third-party organisation that uses government data as the gospel for actual solar capacity in the UK.

Let’s explain what the reasons are and how they manifest themselves.

UK start-up develops home batteries for solar power

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A British company has developed an energy storage system to enable homeowners to store the power they generate from solar panels.

Start-up company Powervault claims its complete system – including batteries, charger and control unit – can be installed in an hour and is compatible with all solar electricity systems.

The unit will store surplus electricity generated by solar panels during the day, and release it in the evening.

UK solution-in-a-box joins home energy storage race

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With the launch last week of electric car maker Tesla’s partial solution for solar-powered home energy storage, British tech start-up Powervault has raised £700,000 through crowdfunding to help them become the leading UK player in the rapidly emerging market with a complete system in a box.

Powervault has developed the UK’s first simple and affordable home energy storage system, enabling homeowners to store electricity they generate from solar panels and cut their electricity bills.