Heating and cooling systems account for 51% of the total energy usage in a home.* Smart Thermostats provide an affordable and easy way for homeowners to control their heating and cooling system and lower the cost of their electric bills. Smart and Advanced Smart Thermostats can reduce electric use by 6-12%, compared to a standard thermostat, and offer features such as the ability to control your heating and cooling system remotely through wireless apps on phones or tablets.**
Cost, Payback and Incentives
Smart thermostat costs vary based on the model, homeowner vs. professional installation and compatibility with the existing system. Not all systems are compatible with smart thermostats; if you are unsure about yours, contact a qualified contractor.
Incentives of up to $150 may be available for installing a qualified smart thermostat, which can cover as much as 50% of the purchase price. Check with your local utility for specific incentive amounts and requirements.
Smart thermostats can reduce energy usage in the following ways:
- Automatically adjusts temperature based on whether you are home or away.
- Adjusts the temperature prior to arriving home.
- Simplifies the setup of heating and cooling schedules.
- Receive notifications and reports based on your system’s settings and usage can help you be more energy efficient.
- Predictive temperature adjustments in response to forecasted weather changes for increased comfort.
- Remotely adjust the temperature inside your home.
- Maintenance alerts available on any connected device.
- Compatible with many smart home systems.
Homes that are centrally heated and/or cooled, including:
- Forced air furnaces.
- Heat pumps.
- Ductless heat pumps.
* Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey
** Source: www.bpa.gov
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