Smart Home Devices: Control Energy Use & Save Money With Thermostats
Whether it’s playing your favorite music, turning off the light, closing the garage door or keeping your home secure, smart home devices make it easy to automate your life. However, there are also instances where they can help you save energy and money. Even if you’re not a tech-whiz, you may already have a few “smart” appliances or devices in your home, or likely know someone who does. But while these devices are growing in popularity, it’s also important to learn the advantages and disadvantages to determine whether a particular smart device is right for you.
One of the most impactful ways a homeowner can reduce energy costs is with a programmable thermostat. According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for nearly 50% of a home’s energy bill. Therefore, the right thermostat settings could yield significant savings. Smart thermostats connect to Wi-Fi and can be controlled remotely through a tablet, smartphone, or some even have voice control capabilities.
• Energy and money savings
• Convenience - set it and forget it
• Installation can be tricky
• More expensive than traditional thermostats
Features to Consider:
• Models with multiple sensors to monitor temperatures in various parts of the home
• “Learning models” that use temperature preference data to optimize heating and cooling schedule
• Google Nest
Whether you're looking to save on energy bills, reduce waste, or simplify your daily routines, smart home devices have something to offer everyone. The benefits of integrating smart home devices into your living space are numerous; however, the positives won’t always outweigh the negatives in every situation. It's essential for homeowners to weigh the pros and cons, considering their individual needs, preferences, and circumstances. Next time, we'll look at how smart lighting and smart plug/power strips can help you control your energy usage, and save money on your energy bill.
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