Why It’s Smart to Use a Smart Thermostat

Why It’s Smart to Use a Smart Thermostat

Why It’s Smart to Use a Smart Thermostat

Smart devices are hot items at the moment. And while they’re very on-trend to use at home, they’re also an incredible tool to use to save energy and money on your electric bill. Enter: smart thermostats.

There are many factors that contribute to the amount of energy used by your home’s Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems. Things like adjusting the temperature throughout the day, seasonal changes in your area, your maintenance habits and your home’s insulation all make a difference in how hard your HVAC system works to keep you comfortable inside.

Here’s how using a smart thermostat can save you energy and money which, after all, is an intelligent move.

Long-term learning and alerts

Manually changing the temperature throughout the day works for some, but smart thermostats are not only programmable, they can learn your home’s habits to maximize energy efficiency. By using room sensors, they can pick up when there is more activity in the room and adjust their schedules accordingly. You’ll also be able to tell when something seems off if your smart thermostat is reporting more or less energy usage than normal.

With these adjustments, Nest Labs found smart thermostat users save 10 to 2 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling, while ecobee claims an average savings of up to 23 percent.

Control from anywhere

Forgot to adjust the temperature before you left for the weekend? Don’t worry. Your smart thermostat works with an app that you can access on your phone to manage your home’s temperature once you’re gone. While it’s not recommended to constantly adjust your temperature, having the ability to control your thermostat from afar comes in handy when forgetfulness or a sudden change in weather kicks in.

Track energy use

Another benefit to having an app to manage your smart thermostat is being able to view the energy reports your device can provide showing how much power you are using. Keeping track of this can help you understand your energy habits and seasonal trends, as well as show you opportunities to adjust so you can save energy and money.

Works with other smart devices

If you’ve set up other smart devices in your home, smart thermostats can easily be added to your network. Not only can you adjust a smart thermostat with voice control if it’s linked up in your home, but the thermostats can work with smart humidifiers and air purifiers to improve your home’s environment. All the devices working together can create an optimal environment for energy efficiency and comfort.

Santee Cooper customers can save even more. We offer a $50 rebate to customers who purchase a smart thermostat from the prequalified list. Still have questions? Our Smart Energy Existing Homes Programs and Energy Advisors can help.

Author Nicole Aiello

Nicole Aiello

Nicole Aiello is Santee Cooper's director of public relations. She's been working in PR since 1997. After paying her dues in the Big Apple, she decided sun, sand and surf were preferable to shoveling snow, so she made her way to South Carolina. Nicole's professional experience ranges from the celebrity and entertainment industry to tourism, nonprofit and government communications. Nicole, who holds a bachelor of science from Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, currently calls Mount Pleasant home.