What’s the best single solution to reduce your energy bill?
Affordable technology options now exist that can reduce your home energy bill, increase your comfort and convenience and shrink your carbon footprint–all at once!
Which single solution is the best to start with? Probably a smart thermostat, although it depends.
Heating and cooling are the largest share of most home energy bills. Smart thermostats (we recommend several) reduce heating and cooling by sensing when nobody is home, then relaxing the indoor temperature by a few degrees. Their carbon impact varies with factors such as how often your home is unoccupied, how much of an adjustment is comfortable and the climate you live in. Smart thermostats commonly pay for themselves within 9-18 months. If you’re comfortable with a screwdriver, you can install them yourself. Or any A/C or heating service provider can do it for you.
But the benefits of smart thermostats go beyond reducing your energy bill. They’re convenient–and they’re cool! Because they connect to your WiFi system, you can control your home’s temperature from anywhere that is Internet connected. Many smart thermostats you can also control through voice-activated hubs like Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Apple’s Siri. Alternatively, some thermostats like the Nest ($249) are an expandable hub of their own, so that you can add Web-accessible cameras, leak detection, etc.
Lastly, by reducing energy consumption you also shrink your carbon footprint. With a smart thermostat, you’re reducing your carbon emissions as you save energy on your bill and increase your comfort, convenience–and tech-savvy coolness. Pretty neat!