Get Smart:
The 411 on Smart Thermostats

By: Sara Patnaude
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By now almost everyone in the world has heard about smart thermostats and how amazing they are – but do you know WHY they’re so amazing? For those who have heard the buzz but are having some serious FOMO due to lack of knowledge about the product, this blog is for you.

ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats provide convenience, insight, and control – all key details you want in your life. They’re simple to use, provide data you’ve never had access to before, and give you so much more control of your energy usage.

ENERGY STAR smart thermostat

What Makes Them Cool
So what’s the deal with smart thermostats such as Nest and Ecobee? Not only are they slicker than your parents’ old school thermostat dials, but they’re 100% programmable on the go (and even hands-free!). You can connect to smart thermostats via an app on your phone and can adjust the settings from the office, the car, on vacation – wherever!

ecobee smart learning thermostat
Smart thermostats can also connect to other smart home devices (Nest connects to Google Home and Ecobee syncs with Amazon/Alexa), making adjusting the room temperature a breeze when you’ve got your hands full in another room (aka binging the latest on Netflix with a bowl of popcorn in your lap).

How a Smart Thermostat Can Help You Save Energy
Now on to the even better part – how these thermostats save energy and, therefore, save you money. Remember that app I mentioned before? Overtime the device learns your temperature preferences and establishes a routine that adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you’re asleep or away.

Nest smart thermostat
Studies have shown that the Nest thermostat saved people an average of 10% to 12% of heating bills. That’s no chump change! By using the app technology to get to know your preferences and providing you with home energy use data that you can then track and manage, these smart thermostats can help you save money AND feel better about your energy usage levels.


Utilities or efficiency programs in your area may offer rebates or discounts on ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats. To find out if you qualify, find your utility provider here and get started!

Don’t you feel smarter already?