You’re probably familiar with programmable thermostats that let you choose what temperature you want your home to be at certain times. What you may be less familiar with is the newer version called a smart thermostat.
The main difference is that a smart thermostat “learns” from your behaviors and can be monitored remotely via your smartphone. This is a big jump in innovation over programmable thermostats and something more tech-savvy consumers will instantly gravitate toward.
Smart thermostats show you your energy consumption in real-time and adjust themselves based on factors like outside temperature, humidity, and your heating and cooling schedule. Ultimately, smart thermostats work by keeping your temperature as low as possible for as long as possible without your required effort.
When it comes to both convenience and reducing your carbon footprint (and your utility bill), smart thermostats are now your best option.
In this post, we’ll give you 4 simple steps to help you reduce your carbon footprint using a smart thermostat.
Smart thermostat have several features we’ll be utilizing to do this:
We’ll explain more about these features in the following steps, now let’s get started.
Step 1: If you haven’t already, purchase a smart thermostat.
This will require an initial investment of up to a few hundred dollars, but there are many affordable models available and you can save even more by installing it yourself. There are plenty of installation tutorials on YouTube to help you as well.
You may be wondering if a smart thermostat is worth the initial investment. The answer is that it depends. If you buy a model you can afford, install it yourself, use it as intended, and plan on staying in your current home for the foreseeable future, there’s an excellent chance it will pay for itself many times over.
Step 2: Set up your mobile app.
This step might be the trickiest. Smart thermostats all come with apps which allow you to view all of your information on your phone in real time. You’ll want to set up your device in a way that makes it as convenient as possible as this is how you’re going to monitor your energy consumption going forward.
Most smart thermostats are also compatible with smart assistants such as Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit which allow you to control your thermostat with your voice alone. So whatever your preferred way of interacting with your smart thermostat may be, there’s an option available.
This is also a great time to learn about the functionality of your smart thermostat and the tools it offers to reduce your energy usage.
Step 3: Start using your smart thermostat to reduce energy usage.
You’ll be amazed at just how “smart” your new thermostat really is once you begin using it. Soon it will know how long it takes to heat or cool your home to a desired temperature and then have it ready when you walk through the door.
Smart thermostats do this through a combination of third-party integrations and geofencing capabilities which allow it to “learn” your schedule and preferences and adjust the temperature accordingly. As it is constantly receiving and analyzing new information it will become more and more energy efficient as you go.
Step 4: Compare your reduced usage and total savings.
Once you receive your first energy bill after installing your smart thermostat, you’ll be able to see your actual savings. Recent studies estimate that a smart thermostat user will save between 12% and 25% on their monthly energy bills. Multiply that over the course of a year and you’ve made a significant reduction in both your carbon footprint and your annual energy costs.