What’s So “Smart” About a Thermostat?


Heating and cooling account for almost half of most home energy usage.

The most immediate and significant impact you can have on your home energy bill is to heat and cool more efficiently. Even a few degrees difference in thermostat setting can have a dramatic impact on your bill.

The easiest and most cost-effective way to achieve home energy savings is with a “smart” thermostat. A smart thermostat is based on a simple concept: If nobody is home, the house doesn’t need to be cooled or heated as much. Smart thermostats have heat or motion sensors in them that generally work well to determine if nobody is home. If your house goes unoccupied regularly for hours at a time–let alone for days!–a smart thermostat will likely pay for itself in less than a year.

Plus, you get an added benefit: Smart thermostats connect to your home Wifi, so you can access them via the Internet. From anywhere you can monitor and manage the temperature in your home! Some smart thermostats are even expandable to add security cameras or leak detection. A few of our favorites are the baseline Emerson Sensi, the more robust Honeywell Lyric, and the expandable Nest learning thermostat: