When it comes to utility costs, coming up with an average annual cost proves difficult. After all, millions of people live in apartments. The utility costs for a studio apartment will pale in comparison to those of a 2500-square foot home.
As a basic rule of thumb, though, experts suggest that utilities should make up no more than 10 percent of your income. If you spend more than that, you’re probably in the market for ways you can limit your energy use. One way you can save on energy is with a smart home thermostat.
Not familiar with those? Keep reading for a quick overview of how these devices reduce your energy usage.
What Is a Smart Home Thermostat?
Sometimes people mistake programmable thermostats for smart thermostats. They share some features, but they are distinct. The biggest difference is that a smart thermostat maintains an internet connection.
You can typically access the thermostat through a phone or web app to make adjustments. With that bit of essential information out of the way, let’s look at how they save energy.
Like a programmable thermostat, you’ll start out by programming in times and temperatures. For example, during the winter you might see the temperature to 60 degrees Fahrenheit between 8 in the morning and 3 or 5 in the afternoon. That keeps the temperature down during school hours or business hours and saves energy.
Once the afternoon time rolls around, the thermostat will bring the temperature back up to the temperature you set for when people are at home. This means you can leave the house without always or ever checking the thermostat.
What really sets the smart thermostat apart from the other options is that it learns. The more you interact with the thermostat, the more it adapts to your particular quirks.
Let’s say that you always second guess the temperature setting once you get to work. Then, you go into the app and raise or lower the temp, depending on the season.
Over time, the thermostat will pick up on that pattern of temperature adjustment and start making it before you even go into the app. By learning that quirk, the thermostat will save you a little energy over time.
Smart Home Thermostat and Your Home
Not everyone wants a smart home thermostat, but they can prove a godsend for anyone who routinely forgets to adjust their thermostats. The programmable function and learning capacity of the thermostat also reduce how much energy you use over the course of the year.
Most smart thermostats will also integrate with other smart home technology. If you already use some smart home technology, you should check the compatibility before you buy a particular thermostat. Smart tech that won’t integrate often proves deeply frustrating.
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