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British Gas unveils new smart home gadgets

Five new products including Hive Active Heating 2

British Gas Hive

British Gas’ new range includes an update of the popular Hive smart thermostat

British Gas has launched a new range of smart home products, aimed at helping its customers to monitor and control products in their homes remotely. 

Five new connected home products have been unveiled by British Gas this week, including a smart plug, motion sensors, window and door sensors and lighting controls.

The new range also includes Hive Active Heating 2 – an update to the popular Hive smart thermostat – which launched earlier this week. 

We’re testing the new version as we speak, so keep an eye out for our expert verdict this Autumn.

Get our verdict on the original Hive, as well as Nest, Tado and Honeywell Evohome smart thermostats by heading to our smart thermostats comparison table.

British Gas connected home

Just last month, Hive’s rival brand Nest unveiled an upgraded range of smart home appliances, including a new Nest smart thermostat, a new smoke alarm, and a new home camera, so it’s unsurprising that Hive has followed suit. 

As well as refreshing its popular Hive thermostat to include a holiday mode, multi-zonal heating control and hot water control, British Gas will also be introducing four new products to its range later this year.

The new range of Hive products will include: 

  • Hive Active Plugs – plug adapters which allow you to switch appliances on and off when on the move
  • Hive Motion Sensors – alerting you to motion detected in your home when you are not there
  • Hive Window and Door Sensors – letting you check whether everything is closed when you are away
  • Hive Active Lights – enabling you to switch lights on and off remotely

Hive Active Heating 2 went on sale on the 15th July 2015. The other products in the range will be available from Autumn 2015.

Can you save money with smart thermostats?

Many smart thermostats claim to help you save money by reducing your energy consumption. Most promise to reduce bills by an average of 20-25%.

As these products are relatively new there is no way of knowing how reliable these claims are just yet, but our research suggests that smart thermostats are most suitable in the following circumstances:

  • If you want to see exactly how much energy you are using and how much it is costing you.
  • If you are tech savvy and comfortable using apps.
  • If you have a regular routine, as some smart heating controls, such as Nest, can learn your routine and ensure your home is always warm when you need it.
  • If you are planning on staying in your home for several years, as there is more chance that you will recoup the initial cost of installation over a longer period.

If you want to cut your energy costs, see if you could save by switching, and head to Which? switch to compare energy deals. 

More on this…

  • Read our First Look review of Hive Active Heating controls
  • Our verdict – are smart thermostats worth it?
  • Find the most reliable brand of boilers with our boiler reviews
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