Technology to control heating and hot water via mobiles goes on sale in Apple stores and on Amazon

Consumers can control their heating via a mobile with Hive technology

Consumers can control their heating via a mobile with Hive technology

British Gas brand, Hive by British Gas, has launched a product that lets consumers control their heating and hot water from their mobile, tablet, or laptop and it has gone on sale in Apple Stores and on Amazon.

Having already reached 75,000 homes, Hive Active Heating will now reach a much wider audience thanks to the new retail partnerships. Offering savings on energy bills of up to £150 a year, the product is revolutionising the way that consumers view and control their homes, British Gas claims.

This foray into retail stores across the country is a first for the Hive brand. For £199 customers purchase a box packed full of Hive kit, and included within the price is a professional installation from one of British Gas’s 12,000 expert engineers.

Tom Guy, product and commercial director at British Gas Connected Homes, said: “From TVs to tablets, our homes have seen incredible change over the years – and yet our heating systems have seen little progress in decades. We wanted to develop a simple and smart mobile product that would put control of homes back in people’s hands, quite literally. Hive lets you control your heating and hot water from your mobile, tablet, or laptop.

“For Hive to be available in iconic high street stores is hugely exciting, and means we’re making this control even more accessible.”

In addition to the retail launch, Hive has also developed a new feature – Geolocation – which has just gone live.

An optional feature, Geolocation allows users to choose to receive a helpful reminder about the status of their heating. If activated, Geolocation alerts you when you’ve gone out and left your heating on, or when you’re returning home and the temperature is set lower than you’d like – so you can choose to adjust your heating accordingly.

These helpful prompts mean there’s no need to heat an empty home, or come home to a cold one – another way of putting people in control of their heating, and making it easy for them to save energy and money, British Gas reports.