You have no doubt seen the adverts. We take a look at the Hive smart thermostat from British Gas.
British Gas have entered the smart thermostat market with Hive. For £199 the customer gets a wireless thermostat, boiler control unit and a hub that connects to the router. Also included in the price is the installation by a British Gas engineer – and you don’t have to be a British Gas customer to order one. Perhaps they hope you will switch over as well, but as there doesn’t seem to be a function that manages your bills and heating control, this seems unnecessary and unlikely.
How it works
It is essentially a remote thermostat that you can control via an app on your smartphone. You can turn on the heating on your way home for example, or turn it off if you forgot to do so when you left earlier in the day. It doesn’t offer any location detection services, like other smart thermostats, but you can control it remotely of course if you go away for the weekend.
Hive has some useful features such as frost protection – it won’t let the temperature drop too low if you are away on holiday for example.
Monitoring energy use, will it save me money?
Not convinced. Unlike other smart thermostats, which claim to learn about your home environment and turn heating down when you are not there, you still have to remember to do this yourself with Hive, albeit remotely if you choose. British Gas claim you can save up to £150 a year, so considering that is ‘up to’ £150 it could be a lot less than that, and it costs £199 to purchase and install. You will have to judge how long it will take to pay for itself.
If anyone has Hive installed, we would be interested to see if you think it is successful.
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