UPDATE: I originally wrote this tutorial for use with the ecobee3 smart thermostat. However, the same general process can be used to setup geofencing for any smart home product that has an IFTTT channel. Just follow this tutorial and wherever I mention “ecobee3” just replace it with your product.
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:…Read More
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!…Read More
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.…Read More
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.…Read More