The older I get the more I turn into a grumbler…
I whinge about leaving doors open, letting the heat escape from the house, I moan about wearing shoes indoors, I moan about shopping at expensive supermarkets when the cheap ones fair just as well.
I really don’t like wasting money.
But behind my moaning is a sensible approach.
Take my latest bugbear…
We went away for the weekend recently, and I know I turned off the heating and water before jumping in the car. However when we came home I walked into a beautiful toasty house where every radiator was aglow.
My husband swears he didn’t overrule me, but I think the red in his cheek came from more than the heat.
Heating an empty house is like burning money in my opinion and yet with set heating times it seems almost impossible to avoid.
That is until now….
Today I heard about Hive.
A new app designed for people like me!
It lets you control your heating remotely, from wherever you are!
You don’t need to change your energy supplier, you do need to pay a one-off fee of £199, but I reckon I could easily recoup this within six months by having remote access control to the heating and hot water.
Hive is so clever that it can even notify you when you reach a certain temperature in the house.
Caught in an unexpected rainstorm in the shops at four pm, your hotwater doesn’t normally come on until seven pm, but you are due out at six. Hive solves this dilemma easily by allowing you to get the hot water on using your phone, leaving you free to fight with the umbrella and get home fast to climb into a steaming hot bath.
This short video displays lots of times when a clever little app like Hive can come in handy.
For more details on Hive, have a look at their website.
How it works
A person who knows what they are doing (an engineer) comes to your home (as part of the £199 set up fee) and plugs a ‘hub’ into your broadband router so your thermostat can connect to the internet and be remote controlled.
This clever little box simply plugs into your broadband router so that your thermostat can connect to the internet and be controlled remotely. Your qualified engineer will plug the hub into your router as part of the installation process.
Then you can download the app for free, managing your hot water and heating from wherever you are.
But that is not all…
The Hive hub automatically turns on frost protection when you turn your heating off, plus you can preset your preferred temperatures for speed and ease.
Nice and funky!
One way to combat increasing energy prices, is to get smarter about your usage, I am going to be that with my new Hive heating!
I am terribly over excited, never again will the other half heat the house when we are out for the weekend.
In association with Hive