What is a smart home?
A beginner's guide to making your home smarter
A beginner's guide to making your home smarter
British Gas has a 200 year history of delivering the best in home and energy services. That’s why we’re working with Hive – the UK’s leading provider of smart home technology – to bring you a range of smart products and services that make your home life easier.
With a smart thermostat, you can control your heating from your smartphone. You can turn your heating on or off, change the temperature or even set up heating schedules - all within Hive’s app.
Hive Active Heating is a beautifully designed thermostat that works with your existing boiler. It could save you up to £130 a year on your heating bill, as you'll never have to heat an empty home again.
Hive Lights let you control your lighting from your smartphone. You can change the colour of the bulbs, dim your lights or turn them on or off in one go.
Hive Lights are available in both screw and bayonet fittings, E14 bulbs and as GU10 spotlights, so it's easy to upgrade any of your existing lights at home.
Hive View and Hive View Outdoor cameras help you protect your home inside and out.
With HD live streaming, night vision and two-way audio, you'll be able to see and talk to the people (or pets!) the cameras pick up at home, 24/7. If the cameras detect people, motion or sound while you're away from home, they'll keep you in the know with smartphone notifications.
Hive Plugs are really handy because they let you control your appliances you plug into them, directly from your smartphone.
Our Hive Plugs are a great way to dip your toes in the water of smart home technology. Just think, you'll never have to worry you've left the iron on again!
Hive Sensors give you peace of mind while you're away from home.
Hive Window or Door Sensors and Hive Motion Sensors let you know what's happening when you're not around, plus our leak detection and boiler function sensors help you spot problems before they get out of hand.
It all starts with a Hive Hub. A Hive Hub is the heart of your smart home, it connects to your smart devices and helps you manage them remotely from the Hive app on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Just connect it to your network, pair your Hive products and you’re ready to go.
Tired of heating empty rooms? Our clever valves let you turn the radiator down in one room without affecting the rest of your home.
You can also set different schedules and temperatures for different rooms – all from your smartphone.
Control your heating and hot water wherever you are from your smartphone, tablet or laptop and you could save up to £130 per year by never having to heat an empty home.
What do you get with the Hive Active Heating?
You're in control with Hive products. Wherever you are, control your lighting and appliances with the touch of a button.
What do you get with the Welcome Home Plan?
No, you can buy Hive products and services regardless of who provides your energy.
Hive are a proud member of the British Gas family and we work closely with them to help make running your home and managing your energy use easier. They have grown to become the UK's leading Smart Home provider and design Smart Home solutions that bring your home to life. Occasionally, we might send you to their website to find more detail on a product or to complete a purchase.
The Hive app is available for Android and iOS users – you can download the iOS app from the iTunes App Store or download the Android app from the Google Play Store.
Smart home technology connects your home and makes daily living that much easier to manage. Our range of products and services save you time, money and give you the flexibility you need to run your home while you’re on the go.
Hive products are controlled via the award-winning Hive app. With Hive Actions, you can set the products up to work together, giving you a truly connected home experience.
You can connect Hive Active Heating, Hive Lights and Hive Active Plugs to Amazon Alexa and make your home even smarter. Alexa can turn your heating on, turn on the lights and even turn the coffee machine on for you.
From your Alexa app, tap ‘Skills’ in the menu and search for Hive. There are two Hive Skills for Alexa so for the best Alexa experience, make sure you enable both to unlock all the Hive features. Once you have enabled both skills, enter your Hive username and password and follow the onscreen instructions.
You can use Google Home to control your Hive Active Lights and Hive Active Plugs.
Hive products have been designed to ensure they can be installed easily. Please visit Hive for the individual installation guides.
Savings based on annual energy consumption of 16,489 kWh.