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British Gas and Honeywell agreement sealed

British Gas New Energy and Honeywell have signed a heads of agreement to develop and introduce the next generation of intelligent heating controls.

The initial products developed through the fledgling partnership will be available this year. They include features designed to increase the efficiency of heating systems while responding to customer demands for sophisticated, yet easy to operate heating controls that can be fitted to existing systems.

They will also integrate the control of conventional and renewable heating systems such as heat pumps and solar thermal panels so they can be operated as efficiently as possible..

British Gas New Energy and Honeywell will also launch an advanced control system for small businesses that enables customers to better manage their energy usage.

All new heating controls will reduce energy consumption by continually modulating the temperature rather than switching the system on and off like conventional controls.

Managing director at British Gas New Energy Gearoid Lane said: “Honeywell has significant experience in manufacturing state-of-the-art heating controls and is therefore an ideal partner to develop this innovative product range.

“We are constantly working on new solutions to make it easier for our customers to adopt low carbon technologies. Private households are responsible for a significant percentage of emissions everywhere in the UK. Making our homes and businesses more energy efficient is vital to combat climate change.”

Richard Edwards, Director of Environmental Control Sales, UK & Ireland, said: “Heating and hot water account for over 80 per cent of the energy consumption within homes, so making a small change to control your heating will have a big effect on your energy use.”