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Why You Need a Smart Home ~ #LetsGetLiving


Looking to make your home a little bit smarter? Think Hive Smart Home Ecosystem!


Two summers ago we were visiting with my brother, who is a master when it comes to all things electronics, in sunny Orlando at his condo. If you know Orlando in the summer, you know that it can get really heated. However, on our way back to his condo, he took out his phone and stated "I need to see what the temperature is at the house". OK? I didn't have anything that cool in my house. I had to manually set the temperature and I had to do it at home, not when I was out and about. It was then I knew I wanted my home to be as smart as that, but with a bit more features. When you are on the go as much as I am at times, you want the things that matter to you to be safe and comfortable. So when I was asked to give Hive a try in my home, I was ecstatic. Now you may be thinking; "why do I need a smart home?", well I'm going to tell you three reasons why!


Save Money on Energy Bills
Control your thermostat from anywhere with a touch of your smartphone. You can turn off your thermostat when you're not at home. Not sure if you've forgotten to do so, a simple look at your smartphone app can show you. You can also set your thermostat to the level of comfortability that you need when you return. It's nice to get home to a cool house in the summer, and a warm house in the winter.

Control the Lights When You're Not Home
What better way for thieves to know you're not a home than your home being in complete darkness. You can switch your lights on and off, or set lighting schedules for your home when you're not there remotely with the Hive Active Light bulbs.

Stay Connected to Those Who Mean the Most
I can't begin to tell you how many time I've asked my kids to let me know whenever they get home if I'm not there. With Hive, I know when someone enters or leaves the house. With the Hive window or door sensors, you will get an alert when your door or windows are opened.


So how does Hive work? 

Hive consists of smart products that are designed to make your life easier and for you to get the most out of life. Thus giving you more time to do the things you love doing the most. Each product is beautifully designed and easy to use and set up is simple. With Hive Actions, you can set them up to work together, giving you a truly connected home experience.

It won't be complete, however without the Hive Hub, which is like the brain of the operation and controls everything. With the Hub you can control your Hive products remotely with the Hive app no matter where you are. The hub is included in all of the Hive Plans.


Hive Features

Affordable
When looking into smart home options, one thing that I wanted was something that was affordable and wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg. Hive plans start at just $9.99 and the service includes access to the Hive mobile app, on-demand customer service and ongoing warranty, however the ability to control my home from anywhere, is priceless.

Easy to Use
I just love how easy everything is to set up and use. I'm not really a techie person so that played a big role in determining whether I would love using Hive. Installation was pretty simple, even for me with no experience and if you're in a rental, this would be perfect.

Quality
The quality of each product is top of the line and I have to say that I was greatly impressed.


Hive has not only made my everyday life a little easier, but they have taken the worry out of me leaving home when I travel. I'm able to save money on my energy bills and keep in touch with the people that matter to me most... my family. So live a little better and focus on the important things in life with Hive.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hive. The opinions and text are all mine.

Annmarie John
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41 comments:

  1. Yeah, for those who can't afford the smart homes I'm selling in Jacksonville Florida, sounds like Hives's the next best thing.

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  2. I recently heard about Hive, but didn't know too much about it, but loved learning more here and now I am going to have to see if I can check this out for our home. Thanks for sharing with us about hive here today!! :)

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  3. You know, I was JUST reading about Hive today. We have Iris here and I'm always open to reading and learning more. I think it's the way of the future. A big reason why we do need it!

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  4. I am starting to look into these smart home gadgets for our house! I think it's time to take to the next level, especially when it comes to worry FREE and easy to use! Plus, I love gadgets!

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  5. I keep telling my husband that I want to make our house into a smart home. We need to get with it and just do it :)

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  6. We've actually been talking about getting Hive. It sounds like an amazing product. The future is now, people!

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  7. I've been studying up on Hive since I heard about it, and that thing is amazing. I think the idea of a fully functioning smart home is the coolest.

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  8. As soon as we buy a house, this is what we are going to do. I love all these smart home features, it is the wave of the future and I want to be part of it!

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  9. Unfortunately I am an apartment dweller and right now there is nothing smart about this apartment either! I will consider this once I upgrade my living situation! :-)

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  10. I really want to do something like this for our house! I've heard great things about Hive and need to check into it soon!

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  11. I love the idea of having a smart home and Hive sounds great. I've heard of it but am yet to try it. I definitely want to after reading your post so thank you for sharing!

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  12. We live in a nearly 100 year old home so it might be a little hard to get everything going. I want to upgrade so many things here and Hive could help.

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  13. We have a smart home but Hive sounds fantastic! I'll have to check into it more and maybe replace what we have. Thanks for the information!

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  14. I don't have a smart home. Who knew I could get this and have one that easy?? Nice.

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  15. It's crazy to me all the things you can do in your home with technology these days! We haven't made any steps to make our home a smart home yet but I'd like too

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  16. seriously i truly am in love with this. when i buy a home later on in life i will def want it to be a smart home. how freaking awesome is this. like best thing ever.

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  17. It sounds like a great way to make sure that your home is safe and that you're also saving on your energy bill. We usually spend the summer in Florida and it would be nice to know that I can control the house from there! I'd love to have a smart home!

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  18. I am trying so hard to be able to incorporate some of these into our household.

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  19. This is so neat! Never heard of this. I'll have to show this to my husband. I think it would be great to have in our house!

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  20. I have been telling my husband that we need a smart home. Hive sounds so cool and does so much.

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  21. I have not heard of this and i am very interested. I just told my husband about this. Yes! we are getting one :) thank you

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  22. Hive seems like a good deal. If I owned my own home, I would definitely want that. But where I live, a 2-bedroom apartment goes for about $800,000. Crazy. But once I get out of the city, I'll definitely look into something like that.

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  23. This is so clever, especially getting an alert when the door opens, this would be so useful x

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  24. This is so awesome! It makes life so much more convenient, and it would be great especially with kids at home. It is amazing to me what we can do with technology, and I think I have to get the Hive for my own home.

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  25. Oh this looks awesome! Too bad their is no smart home in our country.

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  26. We are slowly becoming a smart home. We have Alexa, a smart light (yes you tell it to turn off via Alexa) and we also have a smart thermostat. There are so many more ways I'd like to make our home a smart home. This sounds like a great resource.

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  27. I'm still apprehensive about incorporating Smart tech into my home. I have a camera at the front door, but haven't gone past that. I love the idea, I just worry about the hackability of all this gear.

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  28. Sold, we need a Hive too! My husband just looked at our electric bill online and it said we are slated for a $415 June payment. That's the highest it has EVER been for us! A full week of temps over 117 surely didn't help but wow, we need to see how to reduce what we're using!

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  29. Having a smart home is the next evolution in the housing market, in my opinion. This is a great way to get a leg up on a smart home.

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  30. My oldest boy has something set up on his windows that beeps when there is motion. It's on his door too. I think that is definitely handy! I'd love to be able to control my lights when I wasn't home too!

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  31. I have been hearing about hive so much off late. Life is so much easier with a smart home isn't it?

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  32. This looks like a nifty little gadget to use at home. I have always wanted to start converting my home into a smart home. I will let my husband read this article and we'll talk about this.

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  33. I haven't heard about this and it really looks cool. It's easy and love to have this at home.

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  34. It would be fantastic to have a smart home. I know there are people who have already taken advantage of this. I will read more about how to do this and most probably start on the project right away.

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  35. I was really curious about smart home. My husband and me even decided to rent a smart home for a day just to check how it is really working. Now I know the secret, it is the Hive.

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  36. Wow this is pretty awesome. I have heard a little bit about Hive, but wasn't really sure about it but your post makes me want to check into it! - jeanine

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  37. I am a tech geek so I love this kind of stuff for the home. I also appreciate how it gives such peace of mind when you are not home!

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  38. I was always intimidated by this because I thought it would be so hard to use. My husband travels a lot and I was scared it would be hard when he was gone. I had no idea how simple it was!

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  39. We want to set up our home as a smart home. When we get a little more money, I could totally see doing this for the utility savings alone.

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  40. I've been hearing so much about Hive lately. I really want to sit down with my husband and talk about what it might look like for our home.

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  41. I would love to have a smart home. I will have to look into getting Hive for my home. I have been hearing great reviews for it.

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