Heating systems that allow you to control the temperature of your home whilst you’re on the move are growing more and more popular. They’re ideal as they fit in with our modern, highly technologically-driven lives, whilst helping us save energy and cash in the process.
We’ve taken a look at some of the main competitors in the UK providing these apps and devices that allow you to manage your home’s heating and energy usage to give you an insight into how they work and whether they may be right for you or not.
Hive Active Heating
‘Wave goodbye to wasted energy. Say hello to Hive Active Heating’, says the energy app powered by British Gas. When you buy Hive Active Heating™ the kit is professionally installed alongside your existing heating system by a British Gas engineer. Then you can start controlling your heating and hot water on whatever device you choose. And there’s no need to switch your energy supplier.
With a few taps on the app, a click on the dashboard or a simple text you can wave goodbye to wasted energy. And you could save up to £150 a year on your energy bills. Find out more here.
The majority of your energy costs stem from your heating system, which is running on outdated technology. Now there’s a smart solution: tado°. It helps you save energy and will pay for itself in under a year.
While you’re out, tado° cuts your heating costs – automatically and around the clock. Over time tado° gets to know your home and learns how to heat it up most efficiently. It also uses weather forecasts and lets the sun warm your home when possible. Take a look at their website.
The Nest Learning Thermostat gives you precise control of the temperature, creates a personalised schedule for your home and eliminates the need for a programmer. The Nest Thermostat replaces your programmer so you can control heating from one place. Instead of turning off the boiler for long periods, you’ll add very low temperatures to your schedule. That will save energy while keeping your family—and your pipes—safe in extreme weather.
Turn the heat down when you leave, up when you come home, down at night. Within a week, your Nest Thermostat learns the temperatures you like and creates a personalised schedule for your home. Want to edit your schedule? Every day can be different. Whether you set it to 20.5° at 19:00 or 20° at 19:15, the Nest Thermostat will listen and keep on learning.
Heat Genius is ideal for busy families and households as it enables you to adjust the temperature of each different room in your home, which stops you from heating rooms that you aren’t using. It records your heating patterns and temperatures so you can see changes in use and potential energy savings for each room.
You can easily link rooms, so that they always heat at the same time, but with your preferred temperature for each. The smart system even detects when you open a window or door and turns your heating off, so you don’t waste energy. Read more here.
Heatmiser Neo will positively change the way you control your home heating and hot water. No need to engage with time clocks or thermostats any longer; neoApp allows you to control everything directly on your SmartPhone or Tablet.
Geo Location is an exciting new feature that makes it even easier to reduce your energy costs. Neo will lower the temperature in your home when it detects the last person has left and will turn the heating back on when it will detects someone is on their way home.