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Smart energy system installed in London development

Those buying apartments at the Blackheath-based regenerated estate will be able to control their heating and electricity usage using E.ON’s digital dashboard and smart home energy technology.

Residents will use E.ON Home – which includes efficient lighting, power, and heating products – to remotely warm their homes before they arrive, regulate the lighting, and control their appliances.

Smart thermostats and radiator valves mean that the temperature in each room can be adjusted independently. Similarly, smart lights and plug sockets can be put on timers and controlled remotely, and E.ON claims this system learns the habits of the owners to evolve into a type of virtual assistant .

The clean tariff bolt-on also gives customers the option to power their homes from 100% renewable sources. The Future Energy Homes package prices start at £649 for a studio or one-bedroom fit-out

"If we want sustainable living to be second nature then we need to offer our customers the tools to make this happen," says Karl Whiteman, divisional managing director at Berkeley Homes.  

"Keeping costs down is a priority for many of our buyers and we want to make it easy for them to save money in a way that doesn’t compromise their busy lives."

Michael Lewis, E.ON UK chief executive, adds: "So-called smart homes are incredibly complex and it is our job to make them simple, intuitive, and an easy fit with people’s busy lives.

"We want to offer all of our customers a personal energy solution and our work with Berkeley makes that a reality by offering customers the chance to install these exciting technologies before they’ve even moved in and by giving them instant control over the energy side of their home in a cost-effective and straightforward way."

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