Our dependency on energy has grown exponentially during the last few decades, from the fuel that drives our vehicles to electricity that powers up the TV; we are addicted to it. The rising demand for energy and the supplying not being able to meet the needs has already created a crisis; resulting in the development of more energy efficient equipments to reduce the amount of energy we consume. One of the most popular among these devices that are designed to save power and money is the smart programmable thermostat.
A smart programmable thermostat is designed to cut down the unnecessary power consumption, and to increase the efficiency of your house’s heating and cooling systems. Just like any other programmable thermostat a smart programmable thermostat would enable you to enter a time frame and the required functions to the device.
One of the main characteristics that distinguish a smart programmable thermostat from a normal programmable thermostat is the ability to communicate with themselves, and the homeowner. In a house that is equipped with a smart programmable thermostat in each room, the thermostats will communicate with each other, enabling them to cycle heat from one section of the house to the other; effectively reducing the power consumption. Another attractive feature in the smart programmable thermostat is the ability to connect to the internet; by doing so it could let you know the latest prices of electricity or gas and alter its functions accordingly, or send you a distress call if something that has to do with the system is wrong.
The smart programmable thermostat also comes complete with a feature that enables it to indicate when peak hours are in effect. As most of the power companies charge extra during those hours, when peak hours are indicated you could postpone your other non critical work that requires power to off-peak hours. This would surely plug one of the holes in your bank account.
With the usage of a smart programmable thermostat you could save up to 15percent from your power bill, but the initial expense of these are high. Each of these thermostats could cost from 150 to 400 dollars, and since these complex devices are not too easy to install by yourself, most of the manufacturers recommend that you get a professional to do it. With the low voltage wiring and everything else that is required, the installation would also cost you something between 300 to 1000 dollars.
Even though the initial cost is high, if you can afford it, going for a smart programmable thermostat would be a wise investment.