I am always interested in electronic gadgets. About one month ago I received an advertisement from British gas for a remote heating control unit. I had heard that energy monitoring can reduce consumption, so I ordered it via phone and it took around two weeks for an engineer from British gas to come for the installation.
This remote control heating enables users to control the heating system with a smartphone ( IOS and Androids ) or by using the web-based dashboard. In the advance settings you can adjust a weekly schedule for the heating system or assign a different temperature setting for different days of and times of the week.
The hardware of the system includes a thermostat, hub and wireless boiler receiver.
The frontier of such solutions for home heating systems is Nest, which is founded by Apple ex-employee Tony Fadell. The significant distinguishing point of Nest is that it learns from household behavior and adjusts the home temperature from what it has learned from your daily schedule.
Unfortunately the Nest product is not available in the UK, if I had the possibility to order nest in the UK, I wouldn’t have ordered remote heating control systems from British gas. By the way currently I am really happy with it. I keep record of my internal temperature and will compare my gas consumption with the previous year. Certainly I will publish the result in a separate post.
Below you can find some picture and screenshot from my remote heating control system .
This thing is cool. It kinda reminds me of the Nest or the Lethbridge heating companies.