It’s Getting Hot In Here!

As the UK gets its 3 days of summer and the temperatures go through the roof I’m left wondering “what do I do with all this hot water?”

A few years back I fitted solar hot water to my roof, one of the best things I ever did, for about 8 months of the year I get all my hot water from the panels. The rest of the time they are helping so the boiler only has to boost the temperate a little more, the saving are massive, a much better investment than solar PV.

However yesterday, the hottest day of the year 2015 so far, I had 230 litres of water at +70 C. It’s not good for the system so I’ve found a way of dumping the heat without having a specific heat dump. Anyone out there that has a similar problem may find this interesting or not but I thought I’d share.

It basically works by running your central heating in reverse, don’t worry it’s nothing bad.

First turn your boiler off, this stops the boiler from firing and heating the system even more.


Next you need to set the thermostat on the storage tank to Max.


Then turn up the main central heating thermostat to Max too.


Now turn on the central heating and hot water heating.


What all this does is use the hot water in the storage tank to heat the radiators through out the house. I have all the radiator thermostats set to low so the heat is just dumped to my radiator that does not have a rad stat fitted in the bathroom.

My next job is to automate the whole process, I know how to I just need to find the time…

Hope this helps someone out there.

Fibaro Location Services on iOS App – UPDATE

Some time has passed since the last post on this subject:

I’ve been meaning to put an update out there, along the lines of “Massive App update to V2.5 and it still doesn’t work”… However yesterday I opened my Fibaro App and a strange thing happened… It asked if I wanted to enable location services!

Of cause I said yes and then went straight to the App Store to see it the app had had an update. Yes,on the 26th June my Fibaro app had been updated to v2.5.1. The great news is that this version works and I can now track and trigger sense based on location.

Thank you Fibaro 🙂

Fibaro Location Services on iOS App

I have a Fibaro HC2 and I have to say it’s brilliant. However I locations services just don’t work as they should and therefore I can’t use my location as a trigger.

I’m running iOS 8.3, on a iPhone 5S and my Fibaro App and HC2 are both at the latest software levels. It’s really beginning to annoy me so I spent some time trying to work out what’s going on.

For a while I’ve know it must be a issue with location services as it looses its settings, this is what I have found.

If the App is not running and you go to location services there will be no settings as shown here, it there are no setting:


Change this to Always and location services will then show like this:


And that’s how it should remain. However if you then open the App and then go back to the location services you’ll then see the settings have been lost:


So now if we open the App, leave it open, then go to location services, set to always we’ll see this


As shown a purple arrow, showing that the app has recently used the location services, you’ll also now be able to trigger and see your location in the home section of location services. It will then go grey if it’s not used it and at this point you could close the App and the location services will remain in this indefinitely:


However there is a but, if you return to the App and it needs to reload data:


Or you have closed the app and re open it you’ll be back to square one and location services will have no settings:



It Starts Here…

Really not sure what is going to be on here yet, but I have found other peoples blogs useful/interesting  in the past, and I still do. So I thought it may be time to share some of my thoughts and experiences.

Watch this space or not 😉