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Home Automation: Controlling the Thermostat Can Save Big Money

by Parker Davis | Oct 14, 2016

Other than mortgage payments, heating and cooling are the largest monthly expense for most homeowners. That’s why we constantly balance the need to keep our homes at a comfortable temperature with the need to keep our household budget at a comfortable level. Now you can take advantage of home automation technology to easily control your thermostat, keep things comfortable, and potentially save money all at the same time.

Programmable thermostats have been around for decades, but they don’t always save money. One major reason is that can be too complicated to program. Rather than work through an endless number of non-intuitive menus only to find they can only set a limited number of temperature changes, consumers often just give up and operate their thermostats manually. That leads to less control and virtually no savings. With home automation from Monitronics, that all changes.

Thermostat control through our HomeTouch home automation package is easy. You can program your thermostat for every day of the week directly from your wall-mounted control panel or by using our home automation app on your mobile device or computer. Programming your thermostat is no different than doing just about anything else on your smartphone or tablet: It’s intuitive, fast, and effective.

Home automation also allows you to adjust your program on the fly. You don’t even have to be home to do it. For example, if you normally have your thermostat set higher when you’re home in the evening and you forget to adjust it before you go on vacation, you can easily fix the situation with your smartphone.

You Can Save a Lot

A lot of companies claim big savings through the use of programmable thermostats and home automation. The amount depends on how far you set your thermostat back and for how long, but as a general rule, the U.S. Department of Energy says consumers save about 1 percent for every degree of change over an eight-hour period.

That means that if you reduced your heating by 5 degrees during the nine hours you are away for work, you would save just over 5 percent on heating costs that day. Savings on cooling are slightly higher. Either way, the farther you set your thermostat back, and the longer you keep it set back, the more money you save.

Ignore the Temperature Change Myth

There is a persistent myth that says you should leave your thermostat at a constant temperature to prevent your furnace or air conditioning from having to work harder than normal when it’s time to return to a comfortable level. However, the Department of Energy says you save more money by dialing the thermostat back; you actually use less energy returning your house to a comfortable temperature than you do to maintain that temperature throughout the day.

The Department of Energy explains the science behind it on the Energy.gov website, and many people are surprised to find out how much better (and cheaper) it is to automatically set the thermostat appropriately at various times of the day, and adjust that routine when necessary, wherever you might be. Home automation makes that level of control a reality.

Remotely controlling your thermostat is one way to save a significant amount of money while still maintaining the comfort of your home. With home automation from Monitronics, the task is easy and efficient, and the savings can be significant.

Sources:

US Department of Energy– http://energy.gov/energysaver/thermostats

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