07 Jul Smart Thermostats That Can Lower Your Utility Bills
3 Smart Thermostats That Can Lower Your Utility Bills
According to Energy Star for the average American household, almost half of their annual energy bill goes to heating and cooling their home – more than $900 a year. Smart thermostats are easy technology devices that can help you save money on your energy bills. Smart thermostats learn your preferences and habits and then they can create a custom temperature schedule. By learning your preferences, they can help reduce your home energy use and lower your energy bills.
Nearly all smart thermostats offer the following features:
- Sensors: All smart thermostat offer a temperature sensor, but higher end ones add additional monitoring such as motion, humidity, and even ambient light sensors.
- Geofencing: Smart thermostats are able to plan for your arrival and departures. Some models offer geofencing where they can target your location via your mobile phone so that your home is warm or cool upon your arrival.
- Zones: A consideration, especially for larger home, you may want to have varying temperatures in different zones of your house so you aren’t heating or cooling areas that you aren’t using.
- Compatibility: Before you invest in a smart thermostat it is important to understand its compatibility with your current HVAC system. Most thermostats are adaptable to all systems but you should double check compatibility before buying. Also, if you have other smart appliances you will want to ensure anything you buy is compatible with your current smart technology. Smart thermostat can enhance other smart technology features of your home.
- Voice assistant: A nice added feature, voice technology can adjust your thermostat with one small statement.
Smart Thermostats To Consider
A number of manufactures offer smart thermostats, a few to consider are:
1. Google Nest: Nest offers two models, the Nest Learning Thermostat and the News Thoermostat E. The Nest Learning Thermostat is available in a variety of colors and metal, polished finish. The Learning Thermostat shows the time, temperature or weather and the model is compatible with 95 percent of 24V cooling and heating systems.
2. Honeywell: Honeywell offers several smart thermostat models that vary in features and price. The Honeywell TH9320WF5003 and the Honeywell RTH9580WF are highly capable smart thermostats that have all the features you see in other similarly priced smart thermostats, such as Nest and Ecobee3. Honeywell’s upper end model is the Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat that works with Alexa for voice control and pushes notifications for filter changes and extreme temperatures. The Lyric T5 is less sophisticated than many other smart thermostats, but it a great entry level model.
3. Ecobee3 : Ecobee offers two options, the Ecobee3 lite and the Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control. The lite version saves you 23 percent on your annual energy costs and users can control it with an app. The Ecobee Smart Thermostat includes the same features at the Ecobee 3 lite with the addition of Alexa built-in, Spotify and Bluetooth streaming, hands-free calling & intercom.