Programmable thermostats do have the potential to save the homeowner money, but they can also cost more. The secret to success is the way in which you use them. It’s imperative that you educate yourself so that you are able to effectively save energy (and money) by correctly using a programmable thermostat.
According to Energy Star, about 45% of a home’s energy is utilized for heating and cooling (that averages about $2,100-$2,500 annually). Unfortunately, a large portion of that goes to heating or cooling unoccupied spaces. You also don’t need to heat or cool your home as much when you are sleeping. For every 1 degree Fahrenheit you turn your thermostat down, you will use 1% less energy. That means if you reduce your heating by 10 degrees at night, you will use 10% less energy.
It’s Smart For A Reason
Ten years ago, programmable thermostats were the latest trend, but with advances in technology, smart thermostats will be a better choice for your home. For example, a smart thermostat learns your temperature habits over time and adjusts accordingly, while a programmable thermostat only allows you to schedule temperature changes for specific days and times. For hot and cold natured people alike, a smart thermostat will begin to automatically change your temperature over time as it learns your daily habits and preferences, which will keep extra cash in your pocket. Unfortunately, your existing programmable thermostat doesn’t have the same capabilities and prevents you from making temperature adjustments while you’re away from home.
Convenience of Adjusting From Anywhere
WiFi compatibility is one of the most convenient and sought after features in a smart thermostat. In-home temperature control is at your fingertips from nearly anywhere in the world with the simple download and installation of a corresponding app on your phone. Did you forget to bump up the temperature of the air conditioner before leaving for vacation? A smart thermostat has you covered from any location with an Internet connection.
Reduces Energy Costs
As new technology develops in the heating and cooling industry, older thermostats are less accurate and simply cannot compete with their modern counterparts. Unlike older programmable thermostats, smart thermostats have the ability to automatically adjust the temperature based on the surrounding temperature, which results in substantial savings on your in-home energy bills. Lastly, it tracks your past energy usage and provides reports for any time period you select. The reports enable you to identify where you can cut costs on future energy bills. Smart thermostats are a great addition to any home, and they can make your life much easier.
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