Stephen has welcomed news today that 3,494 homes in East Ham are already benefiting from increased control over energy bills through British Gas smart meters. The figures were released to coincide with a reception in Parliament, hosted by British Gas.
At the reception, Stephen was also introduced to Hive Active Heating, which lets customers control their heating and hot water remotely from a smartphone, tablet and laptop. More than 200,000 homes now control their heating remotely using Hive. 51% of customers use it daily, and 70% think they’ve made energy savings since having it installed.
Smart meters and Hive Active Heating are part of a wave of ‘the internet of things’, which sees household objects connecting with each other and people through the internet, opening up new ways of controlling our homes. More products are being developed by British Gas to maximise the internet of things and help people more easily manage their energy, and create homes of the future.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen said: “The British Gas Innovation Reception provided a terrific insight into how new technology is helping my constituents become more aware of energy use and how they can manage their bills.”
Vicky Charles, a Smart Energy Expert for British Gas who took part in the Innovation Reception, said: “Whether it’s discovering how energy efficient the fridge is, or the cost of using the tumble dryer; or if it’s being able to turn the heating off without getting out of bed, our customers are excited about these new technologies. They make life easier and can save you money on your energy bills.”