What is a smart home?

A beginner's guide to making your home smarter

What can a smart home do?

Smart home technology gives you new ways to manage your home and greater peace of mind wherever you are. From your heating, to your lights, to how you measure the amount of energy you use - smart home technology can help you save time, save money and create more time for the things that matter most.

How a smart home can help you

  • Effortlessly manage your home, wherever you are
  • Control your lights and heating with your phone - you'll never have to heat an empty home or worry if you left the iron on again
  • Get peace of mind when you're out and about with smart products that let you know when a door or window gets opened at home
  • Keep an eye on your energy use and lower your bills with smart meters
  • Build a smart home to suit your needs when you set up your smart products to work together


British Gas has a 200 year history of delivering the best in home and energy services. That’s why we’re working with Hive – the UK’s leading provider of smart home technology – to bring you a range of smart products and services that make your home life easier.

As Hive is part of the British Gas family, you benefit from the hands on expertise of our British Gas engineers who can fit your Hive products and show you how to get the best out of them.

Our customers also get exclusive offers and discounts across the Hive range.

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A family of Hive products that work together, right from your fingertips

Smart home products can be used in lots of different ways and you can easily set them up to suit your needs. So, whether you want more control and convenience at home or peace of mind while you’re out, there’s a smart home product or service that will help.


Hive Lights let you control your lighting from your smartphone. You can change the colour of the bulbs, dim your lights or turn them on or off in one go.

Hive Lights are available in both screw and bayonet fittings, E14 bulbs and as GU10 spotlights, so it's easy to upgrade any of your existing lights at home.

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With a smart thermostat, you can control your heating from your smartphone. You can turn your heating on or off, change the temperature or even set up heating schedules - all within Hive’s app.

Hive Active Heating is a beautifully designed thermostat that works with your existing boiler. It could save you up to £130 a year[1] on your heating bill, as you'll never have to heat an empty home again.

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Hive Plugs are really handy because they let you control your appliances you plug into them, directly from your smartphone.

Our Hive Plugs are a great way to dip your toes in the water of smart home technology. Just think, you'll never have to worry you've left the iron on again!

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Hive Sensors give you peace of mind while you're away from home.

Hive Window or Door Sensors and Hive Motion Sensors let you know what's happening when you're not around, plus our leak detection and boiler function sensors help you spot problems before they get out of hand.

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It all starts with a Hive Hub. A Hive Hub is the heart of your smart home, it connects to your smart devices and helps you manage them remotely from the Hive app on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Just connect it to your network, pair your Hive products and you’re ready to go.

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Utility Pro's customers get exclusive discounts

Hive Active Heating

Control your heatin g and hot water wherever you are from your smartphone, tablet or laptop and you could save up to £130 per year[1] by never having to heat an empty home.

  • Hive Thermostat
  • Hive Hub
  • Receiver
  • Free Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)[2]
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