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Why get smart meters

We’re advising all of our groups to get smart meters. They should allow venues to see live energy use readings taken every half hour. In this blog post we explain why that’s useful.

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Maximum temperatures

Here’s an interesting fact – between 1980 and 2013, it was illegal in the UK to heat public spaces to above 19C unless there was a specific reason. We’re currently looking at why one of our monitors often sees 30C.

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Do we need to heat every day?

Churches often ask us this question, especially this time of year. The thinking on this has changed and the answer is usually “no”.

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A Good Reception

If you are thinking nice snacks and drinks I’m sorry to disappoint: not entertainment, but radio signals sent from sensor to hub. Not every temperature and humidity reading will make it to the hub, for onward journey to ‘the cloud’, if there are obstacles or a fair distance to travel. So how can we pamper […]

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Posting the game

Our card game is ready to post, and the website explaining the cards is online now, too.

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First sessions running – are you next?

We’re extremely proud to say that our first set of engineers and group leaders have been trained, and we’re getting reports that they’re doing their first sessions! Temperature and Relative Humidity sensors have been dispatched, session materials have been distributed and our games for session two are being printed as I type. It’s difficult to […]

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Plotting in Excel

Here’s how to plot our thermal monitor data in Excel.

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Recruiting group members

We’ve had a request from a busy charity that has been paired with one of our Engineers without Borders volunteers. They’d like us to suggest words they can send out to help them recruit the members for their small group. Charity volunteers tend to be passionate and dedicated, but over-stretched, and it can be tricky […]

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How to run sessions

We’ve trained our first group leaders and engineers, and they are ready to run sessions. If you’re curious to see more detail of what the sessions contain, you can find the session schedules and supporting materials here: Materials – HeatHack We’re still finishing off some elements of it, but they’ll be done in time for […]

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A mid-price fix for TRVs

Thermostatic radiator valves cause all kinds of issues in community buildings – users disagree about the settings, wrench them on and off, and then they break. It doesn’t help that most people think that they higher they are set, the faster the space will heat up. That’s not true. They just either let the hot […]