Hive, from British Gas, has announced that it is finally launching its new compact thermostat: the Hive Thermostat Mini.
The first major update to the Hive platform since 2018, the Hive Thermostat Mini is a wireless wall thermostat. Although it’s smaller, it still looks a lot like the previous Hive. It is also less expensive.
In the UK, the new smart thermostat costs just £119; and that includes the hub. If you’ve already installed a Hive hub, you can get the Hive Mini Thermostat for just £59.
The Mini Thermostat supports geolocation technology, which means that, for the first time, Hive can use your smartphone’s location to determine if you left the heater on while you were away. It can also be paired with the Hive door sensor, allowing you to create schedules. You can also include members of your household, so the system can determine if they are leaving the house. There’s even an antifreeze mode that activates the heater when the temperature drops below a certain threshold to prevent the pipes in your health home from freezing and bursting.
With the Hive Heating Plus subscription service, which costs £3.99 a month, you can get scheduling recommendations and save up to £10 a month on energy bills, according to Hive. And, yes, you can even control your thermostat with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, if you want.
In other words: this mini thermostat is smart.
Touted as a cheaper alternative to the original Hive thermostat, the Hive Thermostat Mini and the new Heating Plus smart scheduling service are now available to buy from the Hive website in the UK.
Don’t forget that Hive announced their new mini thermostat last winter.
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