The September edition of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine ( has a great supplement on reducing heating costs through:

- Government schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Green Deal

- Insulation & Triple Glazing improvements

- Energy Efficiency and Smart Thermostats

Their analysis shows that the typical home can save £105/year with a new boiler, £90 with cavity wall and loft insulation, £40 through secondary glazing, £150 by turning the heating down by 2 degrees and anything from £125 to £250 by installing a Smart Thermostat system.

Mark Brinkley and Jason Orme interviewed Philip Steele for the supplement and wrote a great comparison to Nest, Hive, Tado, etc - nCube "offers a remote heating solution but it also offers lighting and home security as options, putting it someway in advance of most of the competition. The beauty of the system is that it is not tied to any particular manufacturer".

The supplement also usefully demystifies the Government's Green Deal and Renewable Heat Incentive schemes such as the cashback available, the steps to apply and more importantly what sort of home improvement work may be possible and the potential cost and saving.  As you have to pay for the Green Deal Assessment or EPC then it's important to have a rough idea what to expect.