As DC heats up for summer, so do our calendars–whether they’re filled with vacations, kids’ camps and swim meets, or happy hours with coworkers and friends, it can be difficult to stick to a routine. The Hive experience is here to help you manage your spontaneous schedule; Its integrated suite of smart devices will brew your coffee, turn on and off your lights, and control the temperature of your home from your smartphone, freeing you up for whatever summer has in store.
The Hive experience begins with a simple subscription: pick the plan that works for you, pay a small monthly fee, and your home instantly comes to life after the straightforward setup of your Hive devices. Using the Hive app on your phone, here are five mind-blowing things you can do to make your life easier this summer.
1. Switch on the coffee maker from under the covers
Get your mornings going faster–using your Hive app and Hive Active Plug, you can start brewing your coffee before you even get out of bed. Other fun ways to energize your mornings include turning on your music or the news just by stepping foot in the kitchen.
2. Turn off appliances when you leave the house
In a hurry to get outdoors? Hit the road without worrying whether you left your iron or hair straightener on–by linking your Hive Active Plug to your front door sensor, they’ll automatically turn off when you walk out the door.
3. Control your thermostat on the go
Never again waste energy by cooling an empty house. If you’re out for the day, you can pause your air conditioning from your phone for a few hours, then turn it on when you’re heading home. Better yet, tell your thermostat your home’s ideal temperature, so that it automatically turns on and off when that temperature is reached.
4. Keep up with your kids
School’s out for the summer, but work isn’t–Hive’s Window or Door Sensors and Motion Sensors make it easy to keep track of your kids’ movements while you’re at the office. You’ll get a notification on your smartphone when your front door is opened or closed, and your sensors will keep a history of events that occur in your home so you can see what happened and when it took place.
5. Come home to hot food
Happy hour plans, movie in the park, or just not ready to leave the pool? Don’t feel like you have to come home early just to get dinner going. Put your meal in the slow cooker in the morning, and then turn it on from your phone, no matter where you are.