I have been selected by British Gas to have a new fancy piece of technology fitted – a Remote Heating Control™.
Remote Heating Control enables you to switch on (and turn off) your central heating system via your smartphone or any internet based appliance, anywhere, anytime – meaning that you’re in constant control of your home’s heating.
The aim is that the device will save money by increasing energy efficiency and also reduce our carbon footprint and help make the UK an energy efficient leader, and call me a geek but I am rather excited about having it fitted.
Even in summer my wife likes to switch on the heating. Often we have a battle as she turns the thermostat up and I then sneak into the hallway and turn it down. But this new piece of remote technology will take our heating battles to a whole new level – Hopefully this means I can override her selections even when I am still at work.
It seems counter intuitive for a business that makes its money by selling gas and electricity to introduce a device that will hopefully make me use less of it, but British Gas say the innovation is all part of a new campaign to bring control and convenience back to UK homes by introducing new technology to help their customers lead a more efficient life.
So I now have my Remote Heating Control up and running, and it’s a very cool piece of kit.
It means I can now completely control my central heating from my computer or iPhone. My old central heating timer is a thing of the past. Never again do I have to use those stupid pins on a turning clock dial. No longer do I have to cut down matches in the little pin holes because I have dropped the little plastic peg and I can’t be bothered to empty the whole cupboard to find them. Now all I have to do is click the application on my computer and I can program the required temperature of the house at any time of the day. And for any day of the week - so first instance, the heating can come on earlier during weekdays than at the weekend, when I will want to lie in (although who am I kidding? I have a 2-year-old child!).
Sadly, what with the weather being so warm in London, I haven’t actually had the heating on so I can’t play with it as much as I’d like.
Roll on the winter!
Remote Heating saves Ice Cream Money
We were lucky enough to take a pre Xmas holiday to India this year. The deal with wifey was that if I gave here two weeks of sun she would stomach 48 hours with my parents at Christmas. Heading off to Gatwick airport in the taxi I suddenly realised that I hadn't changed the heating thermostat. For the next two weeks from 6 to 10 every weekday and 8-10 at the weekends our empty flat was going to be heated to 20 degrees Celsius. I hate wasting money and this would be like burning it. Then I remembered that I could control the heating from my mobile phone. I simply texted HEAT OFF to the number and the problem was solved. I sat back in the taxi and started thinking of all the ice creams we could buy with the cash I had just saved.
Mobile phone keeps house warm
I really saw the benefit of the Remote Heating Control yesterday when my daughter fell ill and I had to pick her up from nursery and bring her home early. Normally during the day, when no one is at home I have the heating set to 10C. Pre RHC, when I arrived home early I would have had to manually adjust the heating and then wait 30 minutes or so before the flat warmed up. Now though I logged in before I went to pick up M, turned the heating up remotely and by the time we got home the flat was nice and toasty.
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