The desire for more efficient energy usage and evolving consumer behaviour has seen demand for Centrica’s smart thermostats more than double in 12 months, according to Nina Bhatia, Managing Director of the FTSE 100 energy company’s Connected Home unit.At the heart of the British Gas owner’s suite of products and solutions targeting digital home management, a nascent industry premised on the Internet of Things (IoT), is Hive – a suite of wireless products that let you control your home from your mobile, tablet or laptop practically anytime, anywhere, from lighting to hot water, central heating to variable temperature management of individual rooms.
Nearly five years ago, AlertMe was already looking beyond utilities to be a home energy platform provider to telecoms and other providers that might someday get into the connected home market.
In just half a decade, much has changed, and it was ultimately British Gas, a longtime strategic investor and commercial partner to the startup, that purchased AlertMe for a total of $100 million.
Not to be outdone by British Gas and nPower, Scottish Power has become the latest energy supplier to jump aboard the smart thermostat bandwagon. While its rivals are either pushing their own controls or have teamed up companies like Nest to help customers automate their heating, Scottish Power is doing a bit of both by spinning off a white-label version of the Climote thermostat.
Controlling your central heating seems a low priority when the sun’s out at last, but now is the best time to start thinking of how you can reduce your gas bill with a bit of smart technology.
I’ve been living with Hive from British Gas for just over six months, so I jumped at the chance to see a more advanced competitor in action, even on a warm day.
Heat Genius is a British start-up that combines elements of Hive, the Nest intelligent learning system from Google, and Honeywell’s multi-room Evohome smart heating.
You can warm your nest without burning money as nPower becomes the first European energy company to sell the smart Nest Learning Thermostat, turning up the heat on rival British Gas smart system Hive.
Nest’s smart heating controller talks to your phone and adapts your energy use to your comings and goings, saving the planet and in theory saving you money at the same time. It’s been keeping Americans toasty for a while before going on sale in the UK this year, and now nPower’s deal offers a cheaper way to get a Nest installed in your home.
Regular readers will be aware that we’ve been working with the folks at British Gas to take a look at their new smart meters. So far we’ve covered how the meters work and the benefits they bring to individual households as well as the environment in general (through encouraging us to consider our energy consumption). In this final instalment, we’ll be looking at the Smart Energy Report (SER) which is a free online tool provide by British Gas to analyse your energy consumption habits.
BRE has launched exemplar retrofit project, The Smart Home, on its Watford site. The house demonstrates the significant energy savings that can be made through smart technology alongside fabric improvements and occupant empowerment.
BRE’s pioneering future-focused Integer House, built 15 years ago, has undergone an extensive retrofit and renamed The Smart Home. Through a joint BRE and British Gas project, it has been re-equipped with a host of ultra energy-efficient features and functions, making it super fit for the future.
Hundreds of jobs could be created at a smart metering manufacturer in Greater Manchester after landing a £600m deal with British Gas.
Landis+Gyr, which has a manufacturing facility in Stockport where it employs 300 staff, has recently announced a deal with British Gas to supply the energy giant with 16 million smart meters.
Energy-thrifty Americans have been trimming their heating bills since 2011 with the Nest thermostat, but smart heating has taken its time making it over here. But now British Gas, which has already installed one million smart meters in UK homes, has announced Hive, its own Internet-controlled thermostat.
Landis+Gyr has won a £600m contract for supply of majority of 16 million smart meters British Gas is set to install at its customers’ homes.
The smart meters are scheduled to be rolled out as standard to homes and businesses throughout the UK by 2020, as part of a Government initiative.