Did you know that the average American household spends more than $2,500 a year on energy bills and close to half of that is on heating and cooling? If you want to cut your next bill, one of the most effective ways you can do this, is by installing a programmable thermostat. These useful gadgets can be a little intimidating for homeowners, who have never used one, although, probably much less complicated than your digital video recording remote, and they can save you up to $180 a year.
Unlike a regular thermostat, which pretty much keeps your house at the same temperature until you manually turn it up or down, a programmable thermostat can be preset and customized to regulate your house’s temperature according to your schedule. There are times when it doesn’t make sense for you to pay to heat or cool your home, like when you’re at work or on vacation or times when you don’t need as much heating and cooling like when you’re asleep. You can program the thermostat to your schedule so that it can control your home’s temperature and optimize energy efficiency based on those times relevant to your lifestyle and let your programmable thermostat do the work and the thinking for you.
One cool feature is that the latest Wi-Fi enabled thermostats offer the ability to control your thermostat from work, out running errands, or even while on vacation. Stuck at work and you know you won’t be home for a few hours? With a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat, (Wi-Fi enabled means that a device can connect to the Internet when there is a local Wi-Fi network connection available), you can make sure you don’t waste money by controlling your home’s temperature with your smart phone or computer. With these innovative thermostats, you never have to worry about whether you left your heat on before you left for work or if you left your air conditioner running before you left for vacation.
Having access to your thermostat via your computer is great, but what if you’re at the supermarket or sitting on the beach? Many Wi-Fi enabled thermostats have their own apps that allow you to receive high-low temperature alerts and control your heating and cooling right from your phone. An added bonus, you can control your heat or AC right from bed on those luxurious mornings you actually get to sleep in.