3. Homewerks Radio Wireless Thermostat with Wifi
If you’re looking for a smart thermostat without a lot of expensive bells and whistles, the Homewerks Radio Wireless Thermostat with Wifi Module offers an affordable alternative, retailing for around $100. As with the more expensive Ecobee Smart Thermostat, you can control the Homewerks thermostat from your smartphone (download Radio Thermostat for iPhone or Android). Adjust the temperature from anywhere — set it from the road so that you arrive home to a nice warm (or cool) house, or turn your heating or cooling devices off to save money while you’re not there.
The device has a seven-day programmable mode and a fan-only mode. It also offers two different stages of both warming and cooling, all of which you can adjust as necessary from the thermostat itself or from the app. The Radio Thermostat can be installed by just about anyone, without the need to hire a professional.
4. Honeywell Prestige 2.0 Comfort System
Honeywell is currently in the midst of apatent infringement lawsuit against the Nest for the concept of the learning thermostat (among other things). While only time will tell how that shakes out, Honeywell does certainly have some good options available. Like the Ecobee Smart Thermostat, the Prestige 2.0 Comfort System should be installed by a professional. It offers “interview-based programming” that asks you questions about your usage habits and programs the device to best take advantage of those habits.
The Honeywell Prestige lets you monitor and control your system remotely using your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Depending on your system, you can adjust indoor temperature and humidity, as well as view outdoor temperature and humidity. Check out Honeywell’s locator to find the nearest professional who can install the thermostat in your home.
Stay cool and go green
According to the government’s Energy Star program, households that use a programmable thermostat can save about $180 a year on their energy bill. These smart thermostats make it even easier to keep your house comfortable, allowing you to adjust your settings even when you’re not at home. No matter what your budget may be, a smart thermostat is a smart way to do your part to reduce energy consumption!
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