AlertMe launch web and Smartphone Remote Heating control with British Gas

AlertMe have just announced that its web and smartphone enabled remote heating control service is now available in the UK exclusively from British Gas.  The system allows the user to easily schedule their heating from their computer or phone as well as easily override the settings on the go through the web interface, Smartphone app or SMS text message.

British Gas say the heating control system will be available as a standalone product or as part of a heating installation or maintenance contract.  costs (including installation) start at £149 when purchased with a new central heating system, £199 for other existing British Gas customers or £229 for new customers…

“LONDON, 7 July, 2012 – AlertMe, the smart home technology company, today announces that its online and Smartphone-enabled Remote Heating control service is now available in the UK exclusively from British Gas.

Based on the AlertMe connected home platform, Remote Heating control is a essential application for home heating efficiency and makes working out thermostatic settings and programmes easy. It allows the user to set their weekly heating schedule to match their lifestyle but also alter or override the settings on the go through a web interface, Smartphone app or even by text message.

The new service, which only requires a home fixed broadband connection*, is priced from £149 and includes a wireless-enabled programmable thermostat, a home hub and includes professional installation.

Remote Heating control is one of a range of cost effective services that can be delivered over the AlertMe platform, which allows consumers to monitor, control and intelligently automate a range of devices in the home through a single user interface and log in. The platform is also developed to work with a broad range of third party devices in the home, allowing the user to build and extend their own personal connected home ecosystem.

Mary Turner CEO of AlertMe says “Today’s common consumer is time starved and cash limited. They are motivated by services that offer benefit without sacrificing comfort and efficiency. They’re already connected to many of the things that matter to them through the web or Smartphone. Remote Heating control offers a first step in connecting to the home and in taking control of heating, which is a major expenditure in the home.”

AlertMe’s technique to partner with tier one companies in essential markets and territories implies it has the opportunity to reach a large number of customers through channels they count on and at the same time, help partners to transform the way they engage with customers.

British Gas is the leading provider of energy in the UK serving ten million homes. It also has the largest field engineering force in the country with around 10,000 engineers. Remote Heating control will be provided as a standalone product and bundled with heating installation and maintenance services.

Dean Keeling, Managing director of British Gas smart Homes, says:

“Remote Heating control is a essential product in our smart homes hub-based services proposition. For British Gas this is another essential milestone in our journey to help change the way our customers use energy.”

The potential impact of Remote heating control is expected to be significant:

58% of the energy used in UK homes is spent on space heating and for that reason much more efficient use can have the greatest impact.

British Gas research shows that households that leave their boiler on while at work or away for the weekend pay on average £140 extra a year.

In addition to this, numerous homes with programmable thermostats just don’t get to grips with using them efficiently – a 2010 us study by university of California – Berkeley and the us Institute for energy and environment found that 89% of consumers admit they rarely or never use their programmable thermostats to set a daily or weekly schedule.

Following a recent TSB-funded (Technology technique Board) British Gas/AlertMe trial, 95% of participants found the AlertMe online dashboard easy and intuitive to use. Those with Smartphones logged in many frequently and one participant commented that “this will revolutionize the way we use home heating”.”

britishgas.co.uk/remote   :   AlertMe Gateway to Your Home

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