Home is where the smart is

Home is where the smart is

Are you ready to grow your business with smart home? The team at Energenie looks at how you can stand out from the crowd.

Smart home consumption is growing at a rapid rate. The UK is now the continent’s second largest consumer of smart home products with 85% of the UK’s online population now owning at least one smart product.

Recent consumer research also shows that 66% of home owners want professionals to install their smart home products.

If you want to meet the rising customer demand for smart home products, now is the time to add smart home installation to your customer offering.

With this in mind, Energenie’s MiHome has teamed up with Icon Heating Solutions to offer a new smart home installation service, Smartnet, with ambitious growth plans to expand the network of qualified electricians, plumbers and heating engineers across the UK in the next 12 months.

What are the benefits for installers?

For installers, it means they can add easy-to-install smart home products to their customer offering to grow their business without having any IT skills, as MiHome products are retrofit installations and require exactly the same wiring as standard sockets and switches.

MiHome installers can also benefit from a whole host of support from Smartnet including:

  • Exclusive training on how to install MiHome products
  • Access to a dedicated installer hotline should any queries arise on the job
  • Two-year warranty on MiHome products, giving both the installer and customer peace-of-mind
  • Customer referrals to help installers grow their sales

What is the opportunity for installers in the UK?

Smartnet was formed out of the realisation and changing trend following the anticipated smart home growth in the UK. Icon Heating Solutions has worked with many competent installers over several years and has built up a database of competent persons and companies.

The introduction of boiler plus legislation in 2018 confirmed there was a new opportunity for smaller businesses to bring added value to their business whilst meeting new legislation requirements.

Heating engineers, electricians and plumbers are competent people who undertake their daily duties skilfully and effectively, demonstrating to end users how to use their systems cost effectively and efficiently.

Moreover, as they’re already working in the property many installers are able to offer their customers a diversification of products and a whole range of smart home services to suit customer needs across heating, power and lighting devices.

Are you ready to offer smart home?

Kevin Phipson, Director of Icon Heating Solutions, which is managing Smartnet’s operation in the UK on behalf of MiHome, outlines the important factors when determining whether your business is ready to offer smart home customer solutions:

“As well as the competency and/or relevant qualifications to do the job well, it’s also important to be a forward-thinking company who either has or is willing to diversify their business to include an integrated skill set of employees, such as heating engineers, electricians and IT experts, so they can offer a one-stop solution to their customers.

“Learning the core values and developing an understanding of smart controls to help the end user achieve cost-effective energy-saving solutions for their home is also key. If you can successfully explain the benefits to the consumer, you’ll develop a better customer relationship and they’ll buy more.

“In order to deliver a successful solution to customers, companies need to be prepared to instruct their clients on how to use the devices correctly and optimise their products’ usage.”

How can you become a MiHome installer?

In order to apply to become a MiHome installer you’ll need to have public liability insurance and share any relevant qualifications or competency of your ability to install electrical products.

Photo credit: Kevin Phipson

You can apply by completing the form at: www.energenie4u.co.uk/installation/become-an-installer and a member of the team will be in touch with you to discuss your application.

For more information about the range of MiHome products from Energenie visit: www.energenie4u.co.uk 

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