Monday, January 13, 2014

The Hive Active Heating App

The Hive App

People that have been reading my blog for a while will know that I am a fan of both gadgets and of saving money wherever I can. Imagine then, my geeky excitement at discovering a cool new app that has the potential to save you money.

The thing I am talking about is The Hive App. It allows you to control your heating and hot water from wherever you are using your phone.

This of course means that if you are unexpectedly away from home, or if the frenzy of getting the kids out of the house to go on holiday causes you to forget to turn the heating off - you can do it from your phone. You can also turn it on again a few hours before you come home, so its warm when you arrive.

I have shared my excitement with a few friends - ALL of whom have told me that they heard of this already? Really? Where have I been? One person I know has this installed in his holiday home in the Alps - he can can have the heating off when there is no one home, and turn it on a few hours before his arrival so the house is warm and the hot water is ready for his bath. There is even a feature that functions as an automatic frost protector, so when he is away with the heating off saving his €, he can be comfortable that he's not going to return to burst pipes.

It's genius!

It does require a bit of an investment - £199 for the purchase of the gadget to go on your boiler, including it's professional installation. They do say that it can save you up to £150 per year though. I don't think I would save that quite much as I live in quite a modest and energy efficient property, but I can see how it could work to significantly reduce our bills by using its scheduling features on a daily basis. I have often thought about how great it would be if you could set your heating to come on a different times on different days - you might get up later at the weekend for example, or always be out on a Tuesday. The scheduling function not only allows you to have the heating on at different times each day, but also you can have it at different temperatures - lower at night for example, and if your plans change, your heating can too.

Hive Active Heating Schedule

I want one! I just have to decide if I am staying in this house or moving - and that, as you know, is very much an ongoing dilemma!

Disclaimer: This is a featured post with Hive Active Heating

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