Embracing Winter Comfort: Our Top 5 Energy-Saving Devices

As winter settles in, the cosy warmth of our homes becomes a top priority. However, with the drop in temperatures, energy bills soon skyrocket. The good news is that technology has provided us with innovative solutions to keep our homes warm and inviting without burning a hole in our pockets. Let’s explore our favourite energy-saving devices for winter that not only contribute to a more sustainable future but also ensure comfort during the chilly months.

Smart Metre: Enlightening Your Energy Consumption

The first step towards energy efficiency begins with understanding how and when we use energy. Enter the smart metre – a game-changer in the realm of energy management. Smart metres provide real-time information about your energy consumption, empowering you to make informed decisions about your usage patterns. During winter, this device helps you identify areas where energy is being unnecessarily wasted, allowing you to take corrective actions and optimise your heating system.

energy savingSmart Thermostat: Precision in Temperature Control

A smart thermostat is like having a remote control to your home. It allows you to programme and control the temperature of your home from anywhere, ensuring you’re only using energy when needed. Staying out longer than you thought? No Problem! You can delay your heating to come on just before you get home. Some advanced models even learn your heating preferences over time, adapting to your schedule and adjusting the temperature accordingly. By optimising heating cycles and avoiding unnecessary usage, smart thermostats contribute significantly to energy conservation and cost savings.

energy savingHalcyan Water Conditioner: Not Just for Hard Water!

While not directly related to heating, the Halcyan water treatment system is thoroughly deserving of a spot on any energy-saving list for its indirect impact on energy consumption. In fact, the Halcyan has been listed in both The Standard and The Independent as an energy-saving appliance. Halcyan is an innovative device that attaches to your water supply, reducing limescale buildup in pipes and appliances. This means your heating system works more efficiently, saving energy and money in the process. By preventing scale formation, Halcyan extends the lifespan of your appliances and reduces the need for energy-intensive maintenance.

HalcyanSmart Plugs: Empowering Devices with Intelligence

Transform your home into a smart haven by incorporating intelligent plugs into your ecosystem. Smart plugs allow you to monitor and control the energy usage of connected devices remotely. During winter, this proves invaluable as you can easily turn off or schedule the operating hours of heaters, electric blankets, or other energy-intensive devices. The ability to manage your devices from afar ensures that you’re not inadvertently wasting energy when you’re away from home.

energy savingAir Fryers: Culinary Magic with Energy Efficiency

While it may seem surprising to include a kitchen appliance on this list, the energy-efficient design of air fryers makes them a winter favourite. Air fryers use hot air circulation to cook food, requiring significantly less energy than traditional ovens and stovetops. During the colder months, when we crank up the oven and comfort food cravings are at their peak, air fryers offer a guilt-free way to indulge in crispy, delicious meals without compromising on energy efficiency.

energy savingConclusion

Embracing a more sustainable and energy-efficient lifestyle doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort, especially during the winter months. The combination of these innovative devices allows us to create a home environment that is both cosy and responsible. By making informed choices about our energy usage, we not only contribute to a greener planet but also enjoy the added benefit of reduced energy bills. As winter winds blow, let’s welcome the warmth of energy-saving devices into our homes, making this season a time of comfort, joy, and sustainability.

Why Choose Halcyan?

Halcyan Water Conditioners is a British company based in Bristol and our alloy-based solution to hard water is unique to the UK. Our Water Conditioner is an eco-friendly, people-friendly solution to hard water and the perfect way to reduce your energy bills in the winter! With our 30 Year Warranty and our 12 Month Money Back Performance Guarantee, the Halcyan is the perfect ‘fit and forget’ solution!

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From Installation to Enjoyment: A Comprehensive Guide to the Halcyan Water Conditioner

Are you tired of dealing with the consequences of hard water in your home? You need to consider installing a Halcyan Water Conditioner, a revolutionary solution designed to combat limescale buildup and improve water quality. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through the entire journey of selecting, installing, and enjoying the benefits of a Halcyan Water Conditioner. From understanding the technology behind these devices to the many benefits provided, let’s dive right in!


Understanding the Halcyan Water Conditioner

Halcyan Water Conditioners are a game-changer in the world of water treatment. Unlike traditional water softeners that use salt or chemicals, Halcyan Conditioners rely on a patented alloy to treat water without adding anything harmful. The alloy modifies the structure of dissolved minerals, reducing limescale formation and other issues caused by hard water. This is a simple change to the way water behaves in your home so no minerals are actually removed from the water when you install a Halcyan. This innovative approach makes Halcyan Conditioners not only effective but also an eco-friendly home improvement.



Assessing Your Water Conditioner Needs

Before purchasing a Halcyan Water Conditioner, it’s essential to assess your water quality and the specific issues you want to address. You may already be aware of the presence of hard water in your home as it tends to leave plenty of evidence! But if you’re unaware, you can start by testing your water’s hardness level using a home testing kit or seeking assistance from a professional. Additionally, consider factors such as water consumption, the number of appliances in your home, and your budget. Our short quiz will help you choose the right Halcyan Water Conditioner model for your household.


Selecting the Perfect Halcyan Water Conditioner

Halcyan offers various models to suit different household sizes and situations. Explore our product range to find the best fit for your needs. Got a boat or a motorhome? We’ve got you covered with our ‘Leisuremodel. Teenagers going away to university? Yep – we’ve got one for that too!



Installation Made Easy

Installing a Halcyan Water Conditioner is a straightforward process that can be accomplished by any DIY enthusiast, your usual plumber or an approved installer. The package includes detailed instructions, and you can also find helpful video tutorials on our website. Generally, installation involves attaching the conditioner to your home’s main water supply line. If you prefer professional installation, contact a qualified plumber experienced in working with water conditioners.


Enjoying the Benefits of Halcyan Water Conditioners

Once the Halcyan Water Conditioner is installed, you can begin experiencing the multitude of benefits it offers. Say goodbye to unsightly limescale buildup on taps, showerheads, and appliances. Enjoy the feeling of conditioned water on your skin and hair. Your glassware and dishes will sparkle, and household appliances will operate more efficiently, saving you money on energy bills and repair costs.


Maintaining Your Halcyan Water Conditioner

Fortunately, maintenance is minimal and straightforward. We are proud to be a ‘fit and forget’ solution to hard water. Halcyan Water Conditioners are preferred by many homeowners due to the system’s low maintenance requirements.



In conclusion, Halcyan Water Conditioners are a reliable and eco-friendly solution to combat hard water issues in your home. From installation to enjoying the remarkable benefits, the entire process is smooth and rewarding. By investing in a Halcyan, you’ll protect your appliances, save on maintenance costs, and experience effortlessly conditioned water.


So, why wait any longer? Upgrade your home’s water quality with a Halcyan Water Conditioner and enjoy a lifetime of softened water. Experience the magic of Halcyan and bid farewell to hard water woes!


If you’d like to find out more about the Halcyan Water Conditioner, you can explore our Knowledge Centre and find out how it works here. You can call our expert team on 0345 504 0656 for more information on how to enjoy a limescale-free home, by installing a Halcyan.

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How to Retrofit Your Home to Save Energy

Are you tired of receiving high energy bills every month? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier planet? Retrofitting your home can help you achieve both of these goals. Retrofitting is the process of upgrading existing homes with energy-efficient features to save energy and reduce waste. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to retrofit your home to save energy.


How Energy Efficient is Your Home?

Before retrofitting your home, it is crucial to conduct a home energy audit to identify areas where you can make improvements. An energy audit will help you understand your home’s energy consumption and how to make it more energy-efficient. You can hire a professional energy auditor or conduct a DIY audit using a home energy audit kit.

Install Insulation


Retrofit insulation


One of the most important steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home is to install insulation. Properly installed insulation helps keep warm air in during the winter and cool air in during the summer, reducing the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your home. It also helps reduce noise levels and makes it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year. When installing insulation, be sure to use materials that are rated for the climate where you live.

Average cost: £1400-£10,000

Replace Old Windows


Retrofit Windows


Old windows can be a major source of heat loss in a home, so replacing them with new, energy-efficient windows can help reduce energy costs significantly. Look for windows that are rated for high efficiency, such as those with double or triple glazing to ensure heat is reflected back into the room instead of escaping outside.

Average cost: Depending on the size of your home, you can pay anything up to £16,800 for uPVC windows and thousands more for timber and composite frames.

Install a Water Conditioner

It isn’t widely known that the hardness of your water may actually be costing you a great deal more than you realise. When hard water is allowed to course its way through your home, it leaves behind limescale buildup in your appliances and plumbing. Over time, this significantly reduces the efficiency of boilers, kettles, washing machines and any other appliance that uses water. Not only does it use a lot more energy, limescale is also the cause of appliance breakdowns and in some cases, this damage is irreparable.

The Halcyan Water Conditioner is a simple solution which will not only reduce your energy bills, but will protect your existing appliances and remove limescale from your home. The single cost of installing a Halcyan can give you around £500 savings on your annual energy bills!

Average cost £770 + fitting

Install a Smart Thermostat


Retrofit smart thermostat


Smart thermostats allow you to control your heating and cooling system remotely from anywhere using an app on your smartphone or tablet device. They also learn from your usage patterns over time so they can automatically adjust temperatures when you’re away or asleep—helping you save even more money on utilities without sacrificing comfort levels in your home. Smart thermostats are easy to install and can be controlled from anywhere with an internet connection, making them a great way to save energy without having to make any major changes around the house.

Average cost: £120-220


Retrofitting your home requires an initial investment, but the long-term benefits are significant. From reducing your bills to improving your home’s carbon footprint, it’s a great idea to see where you can make improvements. By taking these steps, you can enjoy modern, planet-friendly features that will help reduce overall energy consumption while keeping it comfortable all year round—saving you money on utilities in the process!

If you’d like to find out more about the Halcyan Water Conditioner, you can explore our Knowledge Centre and find out how it works here. You can call our expert team on 0345 504 0656 for more information on whether you have hard water and how you can benefit from installing a Halcyan. 

Why choose Halcyan?

Halcyan Water Conditioners is a British company based in Bristol and our alloy-based solution to hard water is unique to the UK. While there are many ways to retrofit your home to save on energy and bills, our alloy-based Water Conditioner is an eco-friendly, people-friendly solution to hard water too! If you’ve had enough of rising energy bills, get in touch with us to see how our Halcyan Water Conditioner can help. With our 30 Year Warranty and our 12 Month Money Back Performance Guarantee, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy the benefits of your investment for many years to come!

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Halcyan to feature in elemental’s panel – Unsung Heroes of Energy Saving

Ahead of a panel discussion at InstallerSHOW on 28th June on some of the lesser known energy-saving products available, elemental are previewing a selection of the solutions that will be featured.

elemental is hosting three days of live panel discussions and Q&As at InstallerSHOW again this year, exploring energy efficiency in buildings and decarbonisation, with expert speakers to inspire and inform our audience, including our very own CEO, Samantha Mant.

elemental are hosting a session on 28th June showcasing some of the unsung heroes of energy saving – those products that can help a building cut down its energy use, but might not be as widely known as technologies like heat pumps and solar panels. Discussions will include the buildings they are suitable for, technologies that they might work well alongside and practical advice on including these solutions in your retrofit and newbuild projects.

The session will be hosted by BBC journalist Anne Davies and here is a taste of the technologies and solutions that will be discussed:

Halcyan Water Conditioners

Limescale (from hard water) is an excellent insulating material, with every 1mm on any heating element increasing its energy consumption by 7-10%! It also significantly increases maintenance, diminishes equipment life, and is entirely preventable.

Halcyan Water Conditioners prevent new limescale accumulating and remove existing deposits, so getting and keeping systems in good working order. An average home can save around 0.6 tonnes Co2e a year or roughly £500 by treating the hard water effectively.

Halcyan’s alloy core achieves excellent results without the use of any energy or chemicals, there are no ongoing costs or maintenance, and each unit lasts over 30 years.

WRAS certified and with a full range of sizes from 5 lpm to 7000 lpm, Halcyan can accommodate the requirements of any system, domestic, residential, commercial or industrial.



EcoDuct saves up to 45% of the HVAC energy consumption of a building in which it is installed. Total HVAC costs have been estimated at up to 30% of the 30-year lifecycle cost of a typical building, so the saving could be as high as 13.5% of total costs. This is achieved by a combination of factors:

  1. Rounded shape of the ductwork giving greater efficiency
  2. Best in class for airtightness and pressure resistance – no leakages
  3. Best thermal performance from the phenolic insulation
  4. Internal connections with no thermal bridges and energy losses
  5. Lower internal frictional resistance, giving lower pressure drops

EcoDuct is suitable for any insulated ductwork in all types of buildings – commercial, industrial, public and residential. It is also suitable for any construction process – new build, retrofit and offsite modular.



Mixergy are market leaders in smart and connected hot water cylinders. Its “heat what you need” technology is saving energy and households up to 40% on their hot water bills, while heating their water up to 10x faster.

The Energy Savings Trust has verified a Mixergy cylinder reduces gas consumption by as much as 12%. If a boiler is short cycling regularly, Mixergy eradicates this and the consumption saving rises by as much 21%.

The smart cylinders are suitable for any domestic property and connect to any heat source (gas boilers, solar PV, heat pumps).



The single biggest heat loss in your home comes from the great big holes in your roof…the chimneys. They act like an open window 24 hrs a day, seven days a week, sucking all your warm air out of your home and pulling all the cold air in. With one push of a button a Chimella opens up its energy saving canopy inside your fireplace and reduces heat loss by over 95%. It also catches the dirt too and its canopy trickle system prevents any damp forming in your chimney.
It will fit in any chimney in any home but is a must have for listed properties, plus Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes.

Showersave – Waste Water Heat Recovery

Recognised as a renewable technology in both SAP & SBEM, the products are a simple & easy to install energy saving appliance. Now fitted in over 100 000 homes across the UK & Europe, the range of products means there is a solution for your project no matter if you’re building an apartment, a bungalow, a house or a commercial development.

By installing Showersave, you are cutting your energy requirements and therefore saving money & cutting down on your carbon output. Showersave products are WRAS approved & Passivhaus certified giving you the head start you need in your new, energy efficient projects.


There will be lots more energy-saving solutions to discover, to register for InstallerSHOW, which is 27th to 29th June at the NEC in Birmingham, simply visit: installer-2023-visitor.reg.buzz

Check out the elemental programme here: installershow.com/event-timetable

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