5 February 2014

An App to Control your Heating from your Smartphone.

[Collaborative post]  I'm a bit naughty.  I like to leave the heating down / off when we're out, whether the Foreign Language Students are going to be in or not.  I never know their comings and goings and simply can't stand the thought of a warm but empty house and, frankly, can't afford it either.

They rarely leave their bedrooms when they're home, so they've got their duvets and, thanks to owning a dodgy old boiler, I know it takes about three whole days for our home to become unbearably cold.  They're lucky that doesn't happen very often and if they're from a particularly hot country it might make me feel a bit more guilty (especially if they feel forced to go out), but I've learned from harsh experience never to tell them where the thermostat is!

However nothing beats
the feeling of coming in to a blast of heat through the front door on chilly days (especially when there's something in the slow cooker, but let's not digress) and I can't tell you how many times I've wished for some sort of distance remote control for the heating when a spontaneous invitation has come after school and it's set on automatic and expensive energy will again be wasted.

I'm obviously not the only one where previous casualness can no longer be taken for granted as energy bills soar, so with necessity being the mother of invention - the Hive App has been introduced - which, is indeed, such a marvellous thing and something to think about - a state of the art remote control for our heating AND hot water - one that can be accessed from anywhere via a smartphone or browser.

Check this out very short video - it tells you what you need to know:  





You can buy it with or without installation - £199 vs. £159 and it's reckoned to save up to £150 per year on our bills because you can switch it on or switch it off, turn it up or turn it down.  It works for Android and iphone and there is also an option for alerts to be sent to your mobile if temperatures reach a certain level - very handy if you're on holiday and temperatures drop low enough in the UK to freeze pipes.

Now that really would give the students something to complain about!

15 comments:

  1. I remember systems like this being on Tomorrow's World when I was a kid! It feels weird to be in the 'future' that they were always talking about but also sounds like a great idea x

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  2. Haha yes! What Damson Lane said!

    This sounds like a super-nifty device.

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  3. I dream of Central heating, we have storage heaters and they are utterly inflexible.

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  4. ooh I like the idea of this!
    When I had lodgers I used to do the same as you, but I was often away for 1 or 2 nights staying at my boyfriends house...in the warm! ha
    x

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  5. Wow! I want one! not just because it would save money and everything, but it would be sooo cool to be able to do it - like living in the Jetsons!

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  6. really good idea! was thinking about that today as I was out and about... would have been sensible to have set the timer... :)

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  7. I'm the same as Damson remembering when things like this were something of an invention you never thought would happen, how did we survive in the past :D x

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  8. I've been looking in to this too, I think that it's a great idea that we would definitely use if we had it installed. We often go away for the weekend and I hate coming home to a cold house because we always turn off the heating, it would be wonderful to be able to turn the heating on as we are on the way and be welcomed by a nice warm house.

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  9. I find it a bit spooky - I'm beginning to wonder who's in charge...me, or the machine! (Very handy though!)

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  10. This looks awesome. I like being in control.

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  11. We leave our thermostat at 20 celsius in the winter; there are some areas of the house that are cold but nothing that a sweater or blanket doesn't solve. Our biggest loss comes from under the doors, so I sewed a couple door snakes to keep the rugs up to cover the draft coming in.

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  12. This is very, very cool. So handy to have if you are out and realise you forgot to turn the heating off. Very clever. X

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  13. These are such a clever idea and much better than leaving the heating on all day so it's not cold when you get back.

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