Benefits of Smart Thermostats
WHAT IS A SMART THERMOSTAT?
Think of your current thermostat as a control panel for your home’s heat. Basic thermostats simply turn your heat on and off. Programmable can do the same thing, but specified at certain times of day. Smart thermostats allow you to control your heat from your smart phone, check your fuel usage, and some automatically adjust to environmental variables like humidity.
“IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT.”
How many times have us Mainers heard and used this statement when it comes to our homes? The reality is that upgrading your home’s heating equipment can actually keep your house more comfortable, and maybe even save you some money in the long run. One of the easiest ways to do this is by upgrading to a smart thermostat for your home.
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HOW SMART THERMOSTATS SAVE YOU MONEY
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, around half of the average home’s utility bills are spent on heating and cooling. In 2015, smart thermostat users were saving around 8% on their heating bill, and 15% on cool, which for the average household could mean around $100 savings every year! Remember that there are a lot of variables with this though, including: house layout, current usage, and if you’ve already been taking advantage of setbacks.
A smart thermostat could pay itself off after just a year and a half!
The main draw to smart thermostats has to be the convenience they provide. Imagine your family finally on the road back home after the holidays. You remember your heat was turned down to save fuel, but would hate to come home to a cold house. All you have to do is get on your smart thermostat app and turn your heat up to where you’d like it! By the time you’re home, it’ll be nice and comfortable for everyone!
Smart thermostats allow you to set energy saving times when you’re asleep, at work, or away from home. No more trying to remember to turn the heat up and down as you go throughout your day.
Looking for more money saving tips? We covered our Top 3 Home Heating Investments earlier this year.