Have you noticed your energy bill starting to creep upwards? One of the ways that you can stop the inevitable creep in your energy use and save money each month is by installing a smart or zone controlling thermostat. If you’re concerned about the rising costs of energy, now may be the time to update your old thermostat, decrease your energy bill, and continue to keep your home comfortable.
What’s a Smart Thermostat?
Unlike traditional models, you can program your smart thermostat to lower or raise your home temperatures according to your daily schedule and existing temperatures. Some models can independently control the temperature room by room, adjusting themselves based on humidity, the amount of ambient light in the room, or movement detected by its sensors.
Adjusting For You
A smart thermostat can lower (or raise) the temperatures automatically when you enter or leave, using less energy while rooms are empty. And can adjust to account for variable rates during peak usage times when energy companies charge more. During these “rush hours,” there is often not enough energy to go around, but smart thermostats can detect these times, adjust the usage and still make your home comfortable. Some utility companies will pay you to use less energy by adjusting your thermostat during these times.
Easy to Use
Smart thermostats can be wireless which allows you to remotely change their settings from different locations throughout your home. Some models can be controlled through your smartphone or web browser while you’re away, so if something unexpected came up or you simply forgot to change the running times while you were away, you’ll have a way to control the system from anywhere. Some devices also learn your habits and program themselves accordingly.
The heating and cooling in your home can contribute to as much as half of your energy used, so the system and controls can have a huge impact on costs. A smart thermostat can keep you up to date on what energy is being used, and help save you money in the long run. In fact, the EPA’s Energy Star program estimates that you can save roughly $180 a year in costs by pre-programming your system. Not only that, but just by replacing your older system, you can save another $200 a year in energy costs.
Worth the Cost
Whether or not installing a smart thermostat is worth it to you or your family depends largely on your situation. While you can discipline yourself to always be on top of adjusting your own thermostat whenever needed, it’s nice to automate the entire thing and make sure you save money in the process. Smarter technology means getting even better energy savings without the constant vigilance over your energy use.
Amanda Peters writes for One Hour Air Tampa. She’s all about finding smart tips to help you save energy, money and time on your home improvement projects. You can read more of her tips here on the One Hour Air Blog and get more home maintenance and repair advice.