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Is your thermostat smart enough?

Woman controlling a touch screen round smart thermostat.

You’re careful with your money and you work hard to keep your carbon footprint small. You know that heating your home in the winter and keeping it cool in the summer represents nearly two-thirds of your home energy costs. But are you using a smart thermostat to help you save nearly 8% of those costs?

Wait, what is a smart thermostat anyway?

Unlike traditional thermostats, a smart thermostat can automatically control your home’s heating and/or conditioning systems to make the most of your schedule. Once it learns your habits, a smart thermostat will save you energy and money without you ever having to think about it. They also have digital displays and can add a sleek, modern look to your home.

Which one should you buy?

There are quite a few smart thermostats on the market these days, and each one has its own unique selling points. No matter which smart thermostat you choose, make sure it’s ENERGY STAR® certified so it performs as promised and keeps your bills as low as they can be.

And now, 3 reasons why an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat is better for you and your home

1- It learns from you

You can program it for different temperatures at different times of the day. Let’s say you like to sleep at a nice cool 17 degrees, want to wake up to a comfortable 21 degrees at 6 a.m. Monday to Friday, but want to sleep in to 9 a.m. on weekends. A smart thermostat can make that happen.

Even if you don’t get around to programming it, no problem. A smart thermostat learns what temperatures you like based on how you adjust it day-to-day. It uses that record to establish a custom schedule and automatically sets the temperatures to fit your lifestyle.

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2- It’s connected

A smart thermostat has the ability to let you control your home’s temperature remotely from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. That means if you’ve been away for a few days and turned your system down, you can program it to start up at just the right time so you return to a comfortable home.

3- It gives you data you can use

Depending on the one you buy, a smart thermostat allows you to track and monitor your energy use over time, so you can see where you need to make adjustments in order to take advantage of even more energy savings. Now that’s smart!

Round smart thermostat with touch screen installed on the wall indoors.

So… get smart!

These three solid reasons why a smart thermostat is better for you and your home ultimately mean that you save money, conserve energy and enjoy comfortable temperatures at any time of the day or night. Find out more about ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats. If you already have one, you’re ahead of the class.

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