Hive Active Heating from British Gas
A clever little heating system from British Gas, Hive Active Heating embraces innovative technology to give you complete control of your heating and hot water remotely, from your smartphone, laptop or tablet.
Heating accounts for around two-thirds of our domestic energy consumption. As more and more people get smarter about energy efficiency they are turning to intuitive heating controls like smart thermostats as a practical way to reduce their energy usage.
The average annual dual fuel bill is around £1,264 – although the amount a household pays depends on how much energy is consumed and the payment method. Making savings in energy consumption will translate into cheaper bills. Which brings us to smart thermostats like Hive. According to British Gas, Hive Active Heating can actually help you reduce your annual energy bills by up to £150.
What is it?
Hive by British Gas was launched in October 2013 and is one of several popular smart heating products currently available in the UK, designed to help you to trim your heating bills and stop wasting energy. Hive Active Heating comprises of a wireless thermostat, a hub that connects to your home’s broadband router and a receiver wired to your central heating boiler so you can turn it on and off. If you have a separate hot water tank you’ll be able to control your hot water too.
Hive Active Heating is compatible with most gas, LPG and oil boilers. One of the cheaper smart heating systems on the market, it costs £160 – £250 supplied and fitted by a British Gas engineer. The kit can be purchased for £105 – £180 excluding installation. Homeowners with oil central heating will need to arrange for their own installation with an OFTEC accredited heating engineer. If you’ve got an electric boiler, as long as you have a standard room thermostat and/or programmer it should also be compatible. However it’s always best to check with the manufacturer to make sure that your current boiler is Hive compatible.
Once installed, and your existing controllers have been replaced with a wireless system that works with your current heating set up, you’ll be able to control your heating remotely with the Hive app or online via their website. If you want to use the Hive app you will need either an Apple iPhone or iPad running iOS 6 or later or an Android device (min 2.3). Any time you prefer to control your heating or hot water manually, you can do so using the wall-mounted thermostat.
How does it work?
Made up of three main parts, a hub, wireless thermostat and a receiver, the wireless thermostat can be fitted to the wall in any room of the house. The hub, which plugs into the back of your broadband router, connects the smart thermostat to the Internet so it can be controlled remotely. And last but not least, the receiver – which sits next to your boiler – enables your boiler and thermostat to “talk” to each other.
Once a heating engineer has been out to install Hive Active Heating, you should be good to go. You control the smart heating system via an app or through the online dashboard and can manage temperatures on the go. You can adjust the thermostat and set a schedule for your heating and hot water. If the temperature in your home dips below 7 degrees Hive will automatically warm up your home if it gets too cold.
Benefits of Hive Active Heating
- Reduce your heating bills by up to £150 a year
- Compatible with most gas, LPG and oil central heating systems
- Say goodbye to tedious manual thermostat settings
- Complete control of your heating and hot water
- Manage heating and hot water temperatures on the go
- Create scheduled heating events