What Makes Smart Thermostats Different?

Did you know that heating and cooling can account for half of your home’s total energy use?* Smart thermostats save energy and money by optimizing the temperature while actually increasing comfort. They understand household occupancy and how your heating and cooling system works and offer exciting features and functionality.

Your smart thermostat:

• Will save time and money by turning itself down when you’re away
• Can be controlled from anywhere with an easy-to-use app
• Some models can even learn and adapt to your temperature preferences

More control and easy automated savings

There are so many helpful features that you simply won’t find with an ordinary thermostat. If your household operates on a typical schedule, you can set your heating and cooling to ease off when no one’s home, or adjust the temperature remotely from your phone, tablet or computer. Many smart thermostats can learn your schedule on their own to keep you comfortable when you’re home and save energy when you’re away.

Take a vacation from wasted energy

Going on a winter vacation? Tell your thermostat to dial way back. You can still protect against freezing pipes, but you won’t be wasting energy to warm an empty house. On your way back home? Your smart thermostat lets you turn the heat back up remotely so it will be nice and comfortable when you arrive.

Track your energy use

Most smart thermostats also provide energy reports, so you can monitor your usage, make adjustments to lower your energy costs, and track your progress through the user-friendly app or online dashboard.

If you’re thinking about upgrading to a new smart thermostat, FOCUS ON ENERGY® offers $50 cash back for ENERGY STAR® certified models. Get details and see qualified thermostats or purchase one directly through our marketplace.


A young woman and a child sit together on a couch, looking at a smartphone together.

Posted November 2019. Updated December 2019.

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