Maximising your own solar power is the best way to drastically reduce your power consumption bill. Geert Maes installed Niko Home Control, achieving substantial savings without sacrificing comfort.
Most people have Niko Home Control installed by an electrician, but Geert decided to do it himself. "One of the reasons why I chose Niko Home Control is because it doesn't necessarily involve channelling or drilling. In an existing home, you can opt for the wireless version of the system. All you need to do is replace a few sockets and switches with new, connected versions that you program and control wirelessly via Niko Home Control. My wife also wanted it to be a system that you can control with switches, so you don't necessarily need an app or smartphone. That's also possible with this system."
The Niko system not only helps Geert use less power current, it also helps him control his gas consumption. "I have central heating with a gas condensing boiler. With the programmed Niko switches, I open and close valves for different zones in the house. We only heat the bathroom when necessary, for instance." When there is enough solar power in the autumn and spring, Geert heats his living room and his kitchen with the solar-powered air conditioner instead of his gas central heating. In the summer, he then uses the same air conditioners to cool his home - again with free solar power.
Geert is very pleased with his Niko Home Control installation. It still remains to be seen whether the battery was also a good investment. “Despite the premium, it remains a considerable purchase. Moreover, batteries wear out losing about two to four percent capacity every year. Without the battery, I would have recovered my investment much faster, thanks to the decreased consumption of my other appliances through Niko Home Control."