The Smart Installer Club today announced it has reached 1,000 members. It has achieved this success in less than four months since its launch in January 2015. SmartInstallers.co.uk was set up to assist independent heating installers who are looking to grow their businesses. The free club offers exclusive member discounts on smart technology, along with advice and guidance on connected homes.
Peter Northwood, Connected Homes Director, HomeServe Alliance, the company behind the Smart Installer Club, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have signed up 1,000 installers to our club in less than four months. We have already installed more than 15,000 smart thermostats, and the demand is growing. Customers look to installers for advice on these devices; installers who cannot offer this are likely to get left behind as the market grows. Membership is free, and with it installers get training on Smart devices, including how to fit them and how to explain the features to customers. We are successfully giving the independent installer the knowledge and national buying power they need to keep up with the changes in the heating industry, while providing them with an additional revenue stream.”
As UK homes are becoming smarter and more connected, the demand for smart thermostat technology is growing. Consumers understand that having an ‘intelligent’ home will allow them to reduce energy use and save money. The smart technology market is growing rapidly, and is about to change the heating industry significantly over the next 12 months. British Gas has already developed and fitted over 170,000 Hive units, and Google are also in the marketplace with the Nest thermostat, both with the back-up of strong advertising campaigns. The Smart Installer Club was created to enable installers to capitalise on this growing market, ensuring independent installers do not get left behind.
Lewis Howard, director at C&J Heating and Plumbing is a member of the Smart Installers Club. When asked about his own experience with smart thermostats, he said: “I was slightly sceptical when I first joined the Smart Installer Club but have already seen the impact that this has had on my business and revenues. Installing the devices is quite straightforward and customer feedback has been great. When we fit them, one of the key benefits is that customers should be able to recover the cost within 12 months. It really is a win for everyone involved - accessing cheaper controls has meant that I am making a good margin on the products and my customers are so pleased that they can also save money on their heating bills.”