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Bord Gáis Energy offers Hive smart thermostat

Hive can help improve energy efficiency and result in savings of up to €120 per year on energy bills

Bord Gáis Energy has launched a smart thermostat that allows households to control home heating and hot water via an app available on smartphones, tablets or laptops.

The thermostat - officially called Hive Active Heating - works with a home’s existing gas heating system and includes a hub, receiver and an industrially designed thermostat with an intuitive LED display.

Features of the thermostat include hot water boost, scheduling flexibility, holiday mode, frost protection, text control and a geolocation feature which can send an alert if the heating has been left on.

Bord Gais Energy Hive smart thermostat device

To mark the launch of Hive Active Heating, Bord Gáis Energy surveyed 862 customers and found that 1 in 4 Irish householders leave heating or hot water on unnecessarily at least once a week.

Forgetfulness is the main reason (62%) and the majority (78%) aren’t fully aware of how this impacts their bill.

Nicky Doran, Acting Head of Retail with Bord Gáis Energy, said: “We’re very excited to launch Hive Active Heating to the Irish market. It’s an advanced solution with a range of really intuitive scheduling features and clever settings but can also help users benefit from real savings.”

There’s more and more interest in the ‘smart home’ and smart energy management with tech savvy Irish consumers demanding convenient, flexible solutions that also help them save money.

Hive Active Heating is installed by a Bord Gáis Energy Service Engineer and is available to anyone on the gas network with a broadband connection, regardless of their energy supplier.

The Hive Active Heating app is compatible with Android and iOS operating systems and the Hive app is available for free via the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store.

Fully installed, the Hive kit, including the app download, will be available for a one-off cost of €299.

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