Over the past 4 years, we’ve been fortunate to offer the HubController to our customers at no direct cost. This was due to a collaboration with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to test HubController’s unique Automatic Energy Reduction (AER) algorithm.
During the trial, we monitored the energy usage of homes with a HubController for over 1 year. Next, we compared the energy usage of HubController versus homes without a HubController. Finally, we compared the same household’s energy consumption in the year prior to HubController installation.
The overall design of HubController’s automatic energy reduction trial was independently overseen and advised by Ulster University. Additionally, the data analysis and results of this research were subjected to econometric analysis by PMCA Economic Consultants.
Finally, the research data was independently analysed by Fuinniv on behalf of SEAI to assess what the impact is on the median D2 dwelling in Ireland.
In short, the median Irish household saves on:
As a result of the verification of the HubController’s savings, we received a unique energy credit under SEAI’s Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme. The energy credit is what funded the initial cost of the device, installation and ongoing operating costs.
Going forward SEAI are changing the EEOS, moving away from single measures (even ones that are proven to reduce energy) in favour of deep retrofits. The deep retrofit of a home involves carrying out multiple energy upgrades all at once to achieve an improved building energy rating (BER). At a significant outlay of cost and time by the homeowner.
We are exploring options to maintain the credit but so far we’ve reached an impasse.
Simply put, without the continued support of SEAI and the EEOS we are not in a position to maintain the operating costs of the Irish business. We’ve looked into every option possible and going forward from January 2023 there will be a monthly charge of €5.35, or a yearly charge of €55.80. These prices will NOT be subject to change if you subscribe now.
This charge is to maintain the operation of your HubController and we feel it is a fair amount as the cost is covered by its energy savings.
We hope you understand the reasons why we had to take this decision and we appreciate your continued support.
To continue enjoying the benefits of the HubController in 2023 please subscribe.
Note: Payments will only begin in January 2023.
Thank you for trying the HubController service. We’d love you to stick around, but we completely understand that this may not be the best option for you right now.
If you wish to return the HubController, please click here.