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Hive heating control £149 from British Gas
Hive heating control £149 from British Gas

Hive heating control £149 from British Gas

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Looking for Hive and came across this, for both New AND Existing customers. Hot Deal?

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Website states 'For new AND existing' customers

I have a timer and a thermostat, I cant see what advantage this has over just walking over to the controller and pressing the boost button?

PAULTRD

I have a timer and a thermostat, I cant see what advantage this has over … I have a timer and a thermostat, I cant see what advantage this has over just walking over to the controller and pressing the boost button?



I guess the advantage is that you can get on your smartphone and change your heating settings from anywhere.
Maybe you've gone on holiday and forgotten, or it's a cold day...

We had it installed around 6 months ago, and for it it was ideal, but then the non-digital 1 day timer on our boiler was a bit broken and we had no thermostat so Hive wasn't actually that much more than buying a timer and paying someone to fit it.

Had this installed in April along with a new boiler for £99.

Corranga

I guess the advantage is that you can get on your smartphone and change … I guess the advantage is that you can get on your smartphone and change your heating settings from anywhere.Maybe you've gone on holiday and forgotten, or it's a cold day...We had it installed around 6 months ago, and for it it was ideal, but then the non-digital 1 day timer on our boiler was a bit broken and we had no thermostat so Hive wasn't actually that much more than buying a timer and paying someone to fit it.



If I'm not at home, I don't want the heating on. I suppose if you forgot to turn it off but most people go on holiday when its hot so this kind of voids that point. Fair enough if your timer is up the creek any way as this would be decent for a little extra.

Make sure you check the standing charges, they are often ramped up compared to the normal charge per annum, when you get these energy usage meters for free.

Edited by: "tightar5e" 16th Dec 2014

Wow thanks it's just what I need. I moved into a new house two weeks ago and I have British Gas there.

Had it in for a year & have to say it's fantastic!

If like our household you do not keep to regular daily times, i.e off to work at 7.30, back home for 5.30 etc. then it will save you a fortune!

As long as you remember to switch it on via the phone app half an hour before you are due to get home then there's no wasted energy while the house is empty.

Another advantage is that you can move the wireless room stat / programmer from room to room.

For £149 fitted it's a Bargain!!

Cold as picture is of an iphone

PAULTRD

If I'm not at home, I don't want the heating on. I suppose if you forgot … If I'm not at home, I don't want the heating on. I suppose if you forgot to turn it off but most people go on holiday when its hot so this kind of voids that point. Fair enough if your timer is up the creek any way as this would be decent for a little extra.



but probably you want back to warm home after day or few days away, all you need is just turn heating on on your app few minutes or hours (depends of temperature outside and time away from home ) before you back , is it not handy?

I went with the Tado on the black Friday deal and have to say it is awesome. Knows when I am coming home and the house is heated nicely. It gauges how far you are away so no wasting of your heat when your not home and it has sleeping menu options which is cool to not let your home drop a certain temperature while you are sleeping. Its worth a view if your looking at the new age heating stuff. I was a major fan of the nest as well but couldn't justify £179 and another £99 on installation. Tado was as simple removal of the old thermostat and a link to my router. You could even do a rental test option. Holy smokes I sound like an agent. anyways hot for what it is OP.

tightar5e

Make sure you check the standing charges, they are often ramped up … Make sure you check the standing charges, they are often ramped up compared to the normal charge per annum, when you get these energy usage meters for free.

This isn't an energy monitor. Its a wireless heating thermostat that you can access from a smartphone or online. It has many other features too such as geolocation that knows when you've left and are returning home.. (smartphone needed). That been said I understand what you're meaning with the standing charges etc.

"Great if you've got a smart phone,
Rubbish with anything else!"

Wouldn't you need to have your Broadband router on all day to be able to control it whenever you needed to? Or does it have some special wireless thingy built in. If you do need your BB on all day, that would surely add to your costs?

"geolocation that knows when you've left and are returning home"

So five minutes for a hacker to know if your home, and how far away you are - then sell that data to thieves who break into your house!

Just how much data regarding yourself, your life, your everyday movements, becomes too much for you - cause I can see this ending in hacker data protection court based heaven for some !!!

not voting either way, but just cause it seems great, doesn't mean it doesn't have potential pitfalls and/or problems

L

Who turns their broadband off?

LesD

"Great if you've got a smart phone,Rubbish with anything else!"



Don't need a Smartphone, you can control them from a web browser on a PC or Laptop. From home or from your desk at work.

tonysat

Wouldn't you need to have your Broadband router on all day to be able to … Wouldn't you need to have your Broadband router on all day to be able to control it whenever you needed to? Or does it have some special wireless thingy built in. If you do need your BB on all day, that would surely add to your costs?



Have never switched off the Broadband router in years and years and years.

tonysat

Wouldn't you need to have your Broadband router on all day to be able to … Wouldn't you need to have your Broadband router on all day to be able to control it whenever you needed to? Or does it have some special wireless thingy built in. If you do need your BB on all day, that would surely add to your costs?

Who turns off their Broadband router?

We bought one of these almost a yr ago after buying a home and finding the old controller impossible to control efficiently.
Our bills instantly came down, I'm sad I monitor monthly usage online as well, its a layout but it will pay for itself in a yr easily.

Go for Tado, presence detection works really well

A full Tado kit is quite expensive.

There's a few examples on the web where people have built similar automation using a Raspberry Pi.

androoski

Don't need a Smartphone, you can control them from a web browser on a PC … Don't need a Smartphone, you can control them from a web browser on a PC or Laptop. From home or from your desk at work.



Or indeed you can use SMS text messages.

Who turns their broadband off?

loupou22

"geolocation that knows when you've left and are returning home"So five … "geolocation that knows when you've left and are returning home"So five minutes for a hacker to know if your home, and how far away you are - then sell that data to thieves who break into your house!Just how much data regarding yourself, your life, your everyday movements, becomes too much for you - cause I can see this ending in hacker data protection court based heaven for some !!!not voting either way, but just cause it seems great, doesn't mean it doesn't have potential pitfalls and/or problemsL


loupou22

"geolocation that knows when you've left and are returning home"So five … "geolocation that knows when you've left and are returning home"So five minutes for a hacker to know if your home, and how far away you are - then sell that data to thieves who break into your house!Just how much data regarding yourself, your life, your everyday movements, becomes too much for you - cause I can see this ending in hacker data protection court based heaven for some !!!not voting either way, but just cause it seems great, doesn't mean it doesn't have potential pitfalls and/or problemsL

That's a fair point I suppose, smart meters work in a similar way then, as does your modem/router. Hey and if you're cars not there and they've found out that you're heating isn't on, you're internet isn't using hardly any traffic and your smart meter says there is minimal power being used.. I'm only kidding but if we thought like that all the time we'd never leave the house or buy anything. I think its a good find, heat added.

SteveW

Go for Tado, presence detection works really well

That's a great feature, you can look at you're smart phone when you're at work and see if someone has broken in Just kidding, its a good idea.
Edited by: "johnblake" 16th Dec 2014

We had one of these installed, we live in an old cold house and had an old thermostat dial to go with it. We've saved a lot of money by having this, it's much more accurate and I can adjust it when I'm out... Or if I'm feeling really lazy and can't be bothered to get out of bed! Pretty sure ours was free when we switched though.

pushkin2000

Who turns their broadband off?



Can't say I do but heard you sleep better with less interference : O

It makes a relatively cheap replacement for a 24 hour timer. I can now decide at what times the heating comes on and goes off for each day of the week. It's also much more accurate than my previous thermostat and can be set at half degree increments. My heating comes on later at weekends now so I'll definitely be making a saving there. I had mine installed a couple of weeks ago by Scottish Gas, who service my central heating, but was only charged £99 - I'm not sure if this was a local promotion but felt that at that price I couldn't refuse,

loupou22

"geolocation that knows when you've left and are returning home"So five … "geolocation that knows when you've left and are returning home"So five minutes for a hacker to know if your home, and how far away you are - then sell that data to thieves who break into your house!Just how much data regarding yourself, your life, your everyday movements, becomes too much for you - cause I can see this ending in hacker data protection court based heaven for some !!!not voting either way, but just cause it seems great, doesn't mean it doesn't have potential pitfalls and/or problemsL

loupou22

"geolocation that knows when you've left and are returning home"So five … "geolocation that knows when you've left and are returning home"So five minutes for a hacker to know if your home, and how far away you are - then sell that data to thieves who break into your house!Just how much data regarding yourself, your life, your everyday movements, becomes too much for you - cause I can see this ending in hacker data protection court based heaven for some !!!not voting either way, but just cause it seems great, doesn't mean it doesn't have potential pitfalls and/or problemsL



Don't have a smart metre - and when they force me to I will cover it with a shield to prevent it transmitting (not because of hacking, but because of too many items transmitting on the same channel - only so much to go round and I already have interference on other channels), don't have a car, and my router is connected to a dedicated firewall - not software on the pc - and connected to one internet only PC (my home network is separate from my internet at all times - no interaction other than hard drive swap outs), which is always on and always transmitting data - so no way of knowing if I am in using that one - as my website runs from it

but hey - other people aren't anywhere near as nuts as I am - I only mentioned it because of the recent trend in transmitting unsecured cameras (including baby cams !!!) - how long before this one goes the same way?

http://images.lazygamer.net/2013/07/wpid-tin-foil-hat.jpg

tonysat

Wouldn't you need to have your Broadband router on all day to be able to … Wouldn't you need to have your Broadband router on all day to be able to control it whenever you needed to? Or does it have some special wireless thingy built in. If you do need your BB on all day, that would surely add to your costs?




Alright grandad get back in your home

loupou22

Don't have a smart metre - and when they force me to I will cover it with … Don't have a smart metre - and when they force me to I will cover it with a shield to prevent it transmitting (not because of hacking, but because of too many items transmitting on the same channel - only so much to go round and I already have interference on other channels), don't have a car, and my router is connected to a dedicated firewall - not software on the pc - and connected to one internet only PC (my home network is separate from my internet at all times - no interaction other than hard drive swap outs), which is always on and always transmitting data - so no way of knowing if I am in using that one - as my website runs from it :)but hey - other people aren't anywhere near as nuts as I am - I only mentioned it because of the recent trend in transmitting unsecured cameras (including baby cams !!!) - how long before this one goes the same way?

Fair point lol

BarmyBulldog

Alright grandad get back in your home



It was a genuine question sonny. And I'm sure many people turn their BB off if out for the day/weekend. Why leave it on?

Nowadays with automation and connectivity most people leave their broadband on 27/7.
It uses very little juice and is usually plugged in somewhere discreet and awkward to easily knock on and off.
Plus when the wife's off I can check-up on her and knock the heating off like a right scrooge
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