Budget Programmable Thermostats Will Reduce Your Energy Needs

Written By: Thatcher Michelsen July 2, 2013 0
Many programmable thermostats, including this model from Honeywell, can be controlled with a smartphone.

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Many programmable thermostats, including this model from Honeywell, can be controlled with a smartphone. Photo courtesy of cablegreen.

With the summer temperatures continuing to rise, homeowners and apartment dwellers are likely looking for whatever solution they can find to mitigate the energy costs of air conditioning. Luckily, many companies are investing a lot of capital in developing programmable thermostats that optimize temperatures in your house based on when you're there and your personal preferences.

However, some of these devices can be expensive. The most notable, The Nest, is a smart thermostat that learns your heating and cooling habits while bringing an Apple design sense to what is typically one of the more bland-looking appliances in the home. But The Nest will set you back about $250, so if that's more than you're willing to spend, you may want to consider some of these alternatives, which were compiled by Apartment Therapy, a DIY apartment lifestyle blog:

  • 3M Filrete Wi-Fi Remote Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat: This device can be controlled by your smartphone or desktop computer, so that you can set temperatures no matter where you are in your home.
  • Homewerks Radio Thermostat CT-30-H-K2 Wi-Fi Thermostat: Although it doesn't feature a nifty touchscreen, the Homewerks Radio Thermostat still offers mobile connectivity options, for those times when you forgot to program it in advance and need to shut down the heat or AC.
  • CyberStat CY1101 Wireless Internet Connected Programmable Thermostat: At about $75, this is one of the most affordable programmable models available, it's only real drawback being that it's the least attractive of the bunch.

By investing in one of these devices, you'll be able to program your home to cool while you're there and save energy while you're away.

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