While everyone enjoys the longer days, warmer weather and more vacation opportunities that the summer brings, a lot of people also worry about the price of warm weather comfort. Electric bills are typically much higher in the summer than they are in the winter, and while it can put a dent in your wallet, it's not great for the environment either. Particularly in the summer, saving energy is important for a number of reasons. The extra electricity used by air conditioners and electric fans can drive up electric bills.
Trying to keep my own costs down this summer, I looked online to see what I could do save money and energy without sacrificing the comfort of my home. The answer is simple: get a programmable thermostat. These thermostats can save money, time and energy, particularly in the summer.
There are some new smart models that you don’t even have to worry about setting. Models like this will learn from your behavior- when you turn off the AC or heat, how warm you like your room and when you leave the house.
Many companies are also looking to move into the emerging thermostat management market. Tech reporter GigaOm wrote that there are a number of Silicon Valley startups developing thermostat software. Probably the most surprising entity to get into the thermostat business is media and cable provider Comcast. The offering also comes with home security.
Having a preprogramed thermostat helps to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and keeps quite a bit of energy from getting wasted. Programmable thermostats are a great way to save money automatically. And who knows, with the money you save by getting a programmable thermostat, you might be able to spend it on a great summer getaway.