Will a smart thermostat pay for itself?
In theory, a programmable thermostat can help counteract high energy bills, but the savings generated by a Wi-Fi-connected smart thermostat often aren't enough to justify a $250 price.
Most Americans are likely to pay more to heat their homes this year than they did last winter because of an expected rise in fuel costs, according to a recent Energy Department report. Common theory says that a programmable thermostat can help counteract those high utility bills.
THIS IS SOMEWHAT STUPID.....
GO TO; Home Depot, Lowes or Menards..
GET a "electronic programmable thermostat" for about $25-50 dollars...Install yourself or have kids or friend do it....It's fairly simple...Set it and Forget it...Unless you go away or on vacation for days.
it WILL SAVE you between $200-300 per year on heating/cooling bills, maybe more?
Think they use 2-AA batteries about once a year.
It's amazing that so many people promote and declare that you can save money by turning down your thermostat at night and while your at work. What people need to realize is when you cool you house down you not only cool the air but you also cool the furniture, the walls, every surface and item in your house. So when you raise the temperature on the thermostat back up you will have to re heat those items and they are not considered when they make their calculations. They only calculate the changes in air temperature.
If you are going to be gone for several days or longer it may make sense, otherwise, stick to the basic thermostat and don't make yourself uncomfortable by constantly raising and lowering the thermostat.
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