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Thermostats Prove Invaluable With Global Sustainability Goals

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When we hear people boast about the benefits of installing a smart thermostat, the biggest incentive mentioned is usually about saving money on electricity bills. Although that’s a great reason to install one of these devices, it’s not the only reason.

Installing a smart thermostat can make a difference in your contribution to the global picture of eco-friendly practices. Although it may seem like a small change on your part, a smart thermostat can make a big difference in your green participation.

Homes Are Becoming Less Wasteful, More Efficient

By upgrading your thermostat to a Smart Thermostat can help to increase the energy efficiency of your home. This saves you money on your utility bills, but it also reduces your carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

According to Nest, their smart thermostat can save the average US customer up to 12 to 15 percent on their energy bills. That’s not just economically smart – it’s environmentally savvy.

What many consumers don’t understand is how smart thermostats achieve this improved energy usage. First of all, they control your internal heating and cooling to minimize the amount of energy wasted. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, they remove most of the “human error” from your HVAC system.

That’s where the “smart” aspect of smart thermostats comes into play. These innovative devices can monitor your air conditioning and heating habits to eliminate as much waste as possible.

Additionally, smart thermostats can be controlled from anywhere, so even if you left your AC blasting while you go on vacation, you can remedy your mistake by visiting your thermostat’s app. You’ll also get email alerts and recommendations on how to save energy, which means it’s not just up to you to remember exactly what’s best for your home’s energy consumption.

Consumers Are Increasingly Aware of Their Own Energy Habits

Yes, your smart thermostat can learn your habits, but what you’ll realize after using one is that you’re learning more about your own habits, too.

There’s a reason that so many colleges and cities are working to promote energy conservation through social programs and lessons. Our global green efforts begin at home with awareness about how we’re using energy every second of every day, whether you’re in an eco-friendly rental property or a spacious house.

If you install a smart thermostat, it will do a lot of the thinking for you, but it will also help you learn about how much energy you’re using. Most even have an “eco-mode” where it shows you which temperatures are the best for the environment, so you can figure out how your habits compare to what’s environmentally friendly.

To take your eco-friendly actions a step further as you learn about your usage habits, you can also consult an air conditioning guide to ensure you’re doing all you can to save money and protect the environment. There are even smart air conditioners that will work with your smart thermostats to maximize your efforts.

Smart Thermostats Learn, Even If You Don’t

You probably don’t have time to review energy reports or constantly adjust your home’s temperatures so switching to a smart thermostat is a good option to help you take out the guesswork.

That’s because your thermostat is doing most of the thinking for you. Many of these devices come equipped with sensor technology that will automatically adjust your home’s temperature depending on your location and lifestyle.

Whether you have a regimented schedule or one that constantly changes, your smart thermostat will continuously work to understand how to function the most efficiently, and that benefits the environment around you.

Cooling and heating your home is one of the largest energy expenses you will face. Not only is it an area in which your wallet can bleed, but it’s an area where you can seriously contribute to negative impacts on the environment.


We’ve moved beyond the point of only caring about how much smart thermostats can save us financially. Consider that as the gravy on top of the situation.

What’s more important is the conscious decisions to start monitoring and learning about your energy usage so you can contribute to eco-friendly practices around the world. You might not think your home’s heating and cooling habits have much of an effect, but every big change has to start at home – literally.

Amy McConaghy is Reliance Home Comfort’s Digital Marketing Specialist, managing the editorial, video and visual content creation for all digital platforms. Amy’s writing is focused on bringing home improvement, energy and money saving tips to the homeowners and answering questions about all their home comfort needs. You can find Amy on LinkedIn