The best smart thermostat systems and smart-heating systems you can buy in the UK in 2015. The best home-automation services dedicated to keeping you warm and saving you money. It’s Nest vs Hive vs Tado vs Heat Genius and we’ve just added our full Netatmo and Honeywell reviews. PLUS: Inspire, PassivSystems and HeatMiser. You’ve probably seen the adverts for Hive with its quirky song about how great it is to control your heating from a laptop, smartphone or tablet. And yes, it is – pun intended – a cool thing to be able to do. But more than that, smart heating is likely to be a key part of every home going forward. As fuel costs rise and supplies run dry the ability to heat our homes in an efficient way will stop being a nice bonus, and become an essential part of every home’s economics.
British Gas beat Nest, Evohome and Heat Genius to the punch when it launched Hive smart central heating at the end of last year, now its 80,000 customers are guiding it to the next stage.
When it comes to developing new technology, big established companies – especially former state monopolies – tend to lag behind compared to agile start-ups with fresh ideas.
So it’s a badge of pride for the team at Hive that their parent, British Gas, chose to take a different route to get ahead of the competition and hopefully stay there.
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.
British Gas and Google have brought smart heating control out of the shadows, but which of the eight systems currently on the market do we like the most?
After two bitter winters, the last winter turned out to be about who had the best waterproofs instead of fighting off the cold, but energy bills are never far from the headlines.
We probably can’t rely on the politicians or the energy companies to cut our costs and burning less gas is good for everyone, but we can take control of our heating like never before.