I find that my utilities bills are sometimes more than I expect and then spend the next month in either the extreme heat or extreme cold because I don’t want to adjust my thermostat. I understand this is a problem and can probably benefit from a smart thermostat to save energy and therefore money. But is a smart thermostat really worth it and can it save more money than its initial cost? The answer depends.
Smart thermostats are marketed as having the ability to easily save you money on your energy costs, and they certainly can.
However, that’s really only because the thermostat can learn your adjustment habits and optimize the heating and cooling, turning down the A/C during the day when you’re at work and turning it back up when you get home. A basic programmable thermostat can do the exact same thing, but it’s much more of a hassle to program using those clunky buttons. Smart thermostats are much quicker and easier to program, and some (like the Nest) can do it all automatically, making it even easier.
Saving money on your bills probably just takes a little effort:
So on their own, smart thermostats probably won’t save you any more money than a basic, programmable thermostat. And, if your house isn’t optimized for airflow and ventilation, then you have much bigger problems than just the thermostat.
But if you aren’t going to take the time to program the thermostat you already have–because it’s just too much of a pain–a smart thermostat could be a wise investment, since it can program itself for you (or at least make it a lot easier than a traditional thermostat).
Found at HowToGeek.com
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