I have been compensated with Hive products in order to try them and tell you about them.
As a sixty five year old grandma, I have seen so many new inventions, innovations, and so much new technology during my lifetime. For instance, when I was a child, we only had one television, and it was black and white. There were three channels to choose from in the Atlanta market and we had to have an antenna on the top of our house to pick them up. I have seen the advent of color television, microwave ovens, computers, satellite internet service, and so much more. I have always been that person who wanted to try all the new stuff as soon as I could, so when I was asked to try out Hive, I was in like Flynn!
So what is Hive? I can best described it as home automation, controlled through an app on your smartphone. To start using Hive, download the app and create an account. It was really easy to do, even for me! Then, go to Hive online and choose a subscription plan. The Hive Welcome Home Starter Plan is more affordable than buying a lot of smart home devices, because you pay the monthly fee for the services that you want and it includes the devices. Plans start at as little as $9.95 per month. You can get things like the Hive Active Thermostat so you can adjust your heat or air conditioning while you are away from home. Hive Active Lights can be scheduled to go on and off at different times of the day and night. Use the Hive Active Plug to control appliances. All of this can be set up so easily on your phone!
So, what does Fabgrandma use her Hive devices for? I have one of the Hive Active Lights in the lamp in my living room. Lots of times Fabgrandpa and I go out in the late afternoon for dinner, and get home after dark. Many times we forget to turn on a light before we leave and have come home to a dark house. Being able to use my cellphone to turn on a light in the house is a great thing. We no longer have to worry about tripping and falling as we enter the house. I can also turn the brightness up if I am reading or using my laptop, or dim it down if we are watching TV.
If you look on the screenshot picture above, you can see that I have used a Hive Active Plug for the iron in my sewing room. This one thing is such a relief for me, because I spend a lot of time in my sewing room, and have forgotten many times that the iron was on. Now, if I start to wonder if I turned it off before we left the house, all I have to do is look at the app. Worry over.
I also installed one of the Hive Active Lights in the ceiling fan in the sewing room. I had been thinking about changing the whole light fixture in there because the lighting was so dim, and I am, well, old. I need more light when I am sewing and have to pay attention to small details. When I am using my desk to pay bills or type up a letter, though, I don’t need as much light. I can change the 9 Watt bulb to bright light, or dim it way down if I want to get all “one with the fabric”, LOL. You don’t have to have a sewing room to be able to use these wonderful products, though. There are many different ways to use them! What would you use them for? Hive makes your home just the way you like it – a better place to live. If you’re trying to make your daily life a little better, or want to focus on the important things in life, Hive is for you! Check out Hive today!