Remote Heating Control http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas/remote-heating-control/all en-GB Nest Learning Thermostat comes to the UK http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas/nest-learning-thermostat-launches-uk/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The iPod of thermostats comes to Blighty - but is it too late? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Thermostat&#039;s the way, uh huh uh huh I like it, uh huh uh huh, thermoooostat&#039;s the temperature, uh huh uh huh, I liiike iiit " alt="Nest Learning Thermostat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Nest01.jpg?1396473408" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it launched in the US and Canada in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat was one of the first devices to make home automation look stylish and simple. Along with other devices like Belkin WeMo switches and the Philips Hue light bulbs, it helped persuade the public that a smart, internet-o&rsquo;-things home could be cool.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> warning: the following passage contains the phrase &#039;knob feel&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So, what makes the Nest worth waiting for? In a word: algorithms. The thermostat senses temperature and usage data, figures out when you&rsquo;re home and what temperature you like, and controls your boiler accordingly. Nest says it will roll out fresh algorithms each &lsquo;heating season&rsquo; (winter), and that the micro-adjustments these algorithms allow the thermostat to make will save you a chunk of money. Nest says you could save up to 29% on your heating bill, depending on where your house is and what sort of boiler and insulation you have. If you&rsquo;re spending the &pound;600-&pound;700 it now costs to heat a home per year, that means the thermostat could pay for itself within 18 months.</p> <p>In two words: knob feel. It&rsquo;s a nice thing to stick on your wall, with a big, responsive dial that offers just the right amount of resistance when you turn it, like the volume dial on an expensive hi-fi amp. You might not think this is all that important, but if you&#39;re going to use something every day, good design (of which knob feel is a part) matters. The menu system is simple and easy to use, and the dial gives a satisfying level of control that&#39;s missing from the apps and controllers in other systems. </p> <p>If you already have a Nest Protect smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) detector, they&#39;ll work together; if the Protect sniffs CO, it&rsquo;ll tell the thermostat to turn off the boiler.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;re the Nest, around, nuthin&#039;s gonna evah keep ya down, oooohhh, you&#039;re the Nest, around, nuthinsgunnaevahkeepyou dooooooowwn" alt="Nest UK" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nest02.jpg?1396473408" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> what took you so long? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Because UK homes have different tubes and wires to American ones, Nest has built a new piece of kit to allow its thermostat to perform its micro-adjusting magic on your heating. The Heat Link sits on your boiler, controlling it, and the thermostat itself can now be moved around the home on a special little stand (&pound;29) to give it a better idea of the temperature where you are.</p> <p dir="ltr">The thermostat (with Heat Link) can be bought as a standalone box for &pound;179, but Nest recommends you get it professionally installed for &pound;249, and you can get free installation if you buy the standalone box before April 8. It&#39;s available from John Lewis and B&amp;Q, among others.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s gittin&#039; hot in here, so microadjust your boiler - I am - gittin&#039; so hot - I&#039;m gonna microadjust my boy-laa" alt="Nest Heat Link" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nest03.jpg?1396473408" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nest Learning Thermostat hits UK </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas/nest-learning-thermostat-launches-uk/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas/nest-learning-thermostat-launches-uk/news#comments British Gas Remote Heating Control Wed, 02 Apr 2014 07:07:56 +0000 Will Dunn 1434660 at http://www.stuff.tv British Gas Remote Heating Control http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas-remote-heating-control/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> British Gas Remote Heating Control adds smarts to your heating – but is it hot stuff, or does it leave us cold? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/british-gas-remote-heating-control-01NEW.jpg?1373866433" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £150.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Innovation and slickness </div> <div class="field-item even"> Money-saving potential </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Gives bad weather a bright side </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Too smart for non-tech roomies </div> <div class="field-item even"> The clumsy thermostat controls </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wondered what it would be like to live in the future? British Gas Remote Heating Control might sound mundane, but it offers a tantalising glimpse of what the world will be like when we’re all living in web-connected smart homes. But is this app-operated heating system hot stuff, or did we give it a frosty reception?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/British-Gas---Remote-Heating-Control---Screenshot.jpg?1373866433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Setup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fortunately, you don’t need to be a plumber to have British Gas Remote Heating Control installed. You just pay your £150 (£230 if you’re not a British Gas customer) and sit back while the experts fit a smart thermostat to your boiler and hook up a dinky widget to an Ethernet port on your router. Once that’s done you simply login to the main Home Hub website, download the iOS or Android app and you’re ready to go.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/British-Gas---Remote-Heating-Control---Router.jpg?1373866433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How it works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remote Heating Control gives you four ways to control your heating. The smartphone app is pretty basic, allowing you to turn your heating to On, Off or Auto, set the temperature and view some simple graphs. The web app is more fully featured: here you can do all of the above, plus set an automatic schedule as you might do on your existing boiler. You can also control it by sending a text message (yes, really). And finally there’s a physical smart thermostat that you can use in the frankly terrifying event that your home broadband dies.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/british-gas-remote-central-heating-control-main-001_3New_0.jpg?1373866433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> App control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You’ll want to visit the website at least once to set up a detailed automatic schedule – telling it to come on first thing in the morning for an hour, then go off during the day, for instance – but this is easily done, with a nicely colour-coded interface and the ability to customise it for different days. After that, the smartphone app is all you’ll really need. And believe us when we say that the sense of smug laziness you’ll feel as you lie on the sofa, turning the heating up when you feel like it, can’t be overstated: it almost makes you yearn for cold weather. There’s a delay of a minute or two before settings take effect, but really the whole thing works incredibly slickly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1030" height="704" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/british-gas-remote-heating-control-03_1.jpg?1373866433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SMS control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There’s not strictly any need for SMS control unless you don’t own a smartphone – in which case what are you doing on Stuff.tv? – but that said, there’s something incredibly satisfying about sending a text such as ‘HEAT ON 20’ to make it do your bidding. Future updates may make it possible to control your hot water in the same manner, which means it can’t be long before we’re all texting our baths to fill themselves every time we’re caught in a downpour.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="901" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/british-gas-text_1.jpg?1373866433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alerts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Texting is a two-way thing with Remote Heating Control. Use the Alerts option on the web app and the system will send you an SMS when the temperature goes above or below a certain level. All of which means you could be lazing on a Cuban beach when you get a text that your house is about to freeze solid, at which point you text it back to turn on the heating for a bit. Genius.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Temperature charts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remote Heating Control isn’t just about ease of use – it could well save you money. The temperature graphs on the web app give you an instant snapshot of how warm your house has been over a set period. We soon realised ours was hotter than it needed to be – a quick tweak to the schedule sorted that, nobody froze to death, and a look at the graphs a few days later confirmed that we’d reduced the daily temperature by a degree. Great – we can afford more gadgets and curry now.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1110" height="689" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/british-gas-remote-heating-control-007_1.jpg?1373866433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thermostat control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You’ll only need the smart thermostat if your broadband goes down, which is just as well as it’s a bit of a dog to use. A world away from the uncomplicated apps, we found ourselves jabbing away at unlabelled buttons with increasing frustration just to turn it on. A rethink is needed here.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/British-Gas---Remote-Heating-Control---Thermistat.jpg?1373866433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The downside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The biggest drawback to Remote Heating Control will be if you live with anyone who’s not tech-savvy. Yes, we know, that’s their problem – but it’s also yours. Imagine trying to explain to a luddite parent or bored babysitter that they can’t turn off the heating without logging in to a website or downloading an app… The solution is to make the physical thermostat as easy to use as those you’d find on any standard central heating system. Over to you, British Gas.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Central heating may not be the sexiest of topics, but we got pretty excited about British Gas Remote Heating Control all the same. Maybe that says something about us. It’s mostly a joy to use, offering freedom of control that you just don’t get with most household appliances. Keep an eye on the temperature graphs, set up a few alerts and program a detailed schedule and you could well find it pays for itself, too. Plus, you’ll get to bask in the warm glow of being a tech pioneer – and that’s priceless.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> </p> <p class="normal">British Gas Remote Heating Control is smart, slick and generally simple to use. One day, all home gadgets will work like this.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/british-gas-remote-heating-control </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/british-gas-remote-heating-control/review#comments British Gas Eco Remote Heating Control Sat, 01 Dec 2012 12:01:05 +0000 Stephen Graves 423570 at http://www.stuff.tv