The Ecobee3 is great, but the smart home/away feature leaves a bit to be desired. It uses motion sensors placed in the Ecobee3 (see on Amazon) and its satellite sensors to determine whether your house is occupied or not. Unfortunately, there are several limitations with using only motion sensors as your home/away sensors:..Continue reading
The Ecobee3 remote sensors give the Ecobee3 thermostat a unique advantage over its competitors. You can set up these little satellite sensors anywhere in your home to give the Ecobee3 more knowledge of temperature and activity in your home. You’ll have to do a little bit of setup to tell the Ecobee3 exactly how to use this information to keep you comfortable, but it’s not too difficult and should only take a few minutes. Let’s get started!..Continue reading
If you’re thinking about buying a smart thermostat, it’s a good idea to check with your gas or electric provider first. Many power companies offer cash back rebates when you buy certain models of energy saving thermostats. I’ve started compiling a list of all the available rebates in the table below...Continue reading
Heating and cooling costs make up 50% of the average household energy bill. A few smart home devices can help you take a big chunk out of that. Install the right devices, and you’ll end up with a greener home and a lower monthly energy bill. Next, I am going to tell you about four smart home products that can combine to reduce your monthly heating and cooling bill by about 34% and sometimes much more.
The Wiser Air is a smart thermostat that can talk to your smart meter. It will allow energy customers to more effectively manage their energy usage to save as much money as possible. It will also allow energy providers to better anticipate demand and more easily offer incentives for reducing usage during periods of high demand. That’s the plan anyway...Continue reading
Here’s the deal. If you plan on getting a smart thermostat and don’t have a c-wire, get one! That’s my advice. You will save yourself a whole bunch of potential headaches.
There is a lot of misinformation out there about the c-wire and how smart thermostats power themselves. There is also a lot of incomplete information. In this article, I have done the research and filtered out the garbage for you...Continue reading
So, you’re looking to join the craze and buy a smart thermostat? The Emerson Sensi WiFi thermostat is a sensible option that has a lot going for it...Continue reading
Those of you with electric baseboard heat or convectors don’t have to miss out on the smart thermostat fun anymore. The Stelpro Ki STZW402+ (Click to check price on Amazon) is a first. It is the first connected thermostat that works with high voltage heating systems available in North America. It is also the first product in the KI line of connected products from Stelpro. ..Continue reading
All the fancy smart thermostats on the market look great and promise to save you money. But, are they really the energy misers that they claim to be? And, at a price that is several times more than a typical programmable thermostat, is it really worth it?..Continue reading
So you’re looking to welcome a fancy new smart thermostat into your home but you’re not quite sure which to choose?
These smart thermostats are ready to turn up the comfort and style in your living room. Plus, they might even save you some $$ on your energy bill.
Let me help you choose one that will fit your needs so you can start enjoying the comfort and energy savings as soon as possible.
In this article, I’ll compare the Ecobee3, Nest 3rd Gen, and Honeywell Lyric 2nd Gen thermostats to help you decide if one is right for you.