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Hive allows you to use smartphone app to control your central heating

British Gas subsidiary, Hive has been a pioneer of smart-home technologies for a number of years and has recently added remote control features to its successful Active Heating system that allows users to control their central heating when they are away from their home.

Hive’s director Kassir Hussain said that the smart-home market as a whole had a bad reputation mainly due to rivals making ‘wild claims’ of financial benefits of their products. He said that Hive were focusing on adding simplicity to its computerised heating systems including reminders and scheduling software, and that the saving would follow.

Mr Hussain said, “The first thing that consumers can do to save money is set the right schedule, and the second is to remind them when to turn the heating on and off. That is where all of the benefits and savings come from.”

He added, “There are a lot of very wild claims about the benefits of certain technology, all sorts of fantastical claims about savings, which are unsubstantiated.”

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Hussain went on to say that the average customer would save approximately £150 on their heating bills by using Hive’s Active Heating system, which would cover the cost of the device within 15 months. He also said that its parent company British Gas had been a great source of information into consumer behaviour that was helping the company move into the future.

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Hive’s latest update adds geolocation to the smartphone app allowing users to receive notifications if their heating has been left on when they leave the house and allow them to turn it off if need be. They can also turn on the heating from the app when they are heading home and set heating schedules for certain days.

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In the future, Hive aims to app more functionality to its smartphone app including options to monitor and diagnose problems with boilers. It is estimated that Hive’s Active Heating system is installed in over 75,000 homes in the UK so far, and with the backing of British Gas, that number is set to increase exponentially over the next few years.

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