Winter is coming. No, we're not talking about the popular TV series "Game of Thrones."
We're talking about the coldest season of the year, winter. Believe me, it will be here before you know it.
With it comes some pretty special occasions. Making great memories with family and friends over the holidays. Or, maybe hitting the slopes over a long weekend to try your hand at skiing is more your thing. Whatever the case, there are plenty of things to love about winter.
For many, the worst part of the season is the extremely cold temperatures. I like to keep my home nice and toasty when Old Man Winter comes calling. Unfortunately, that can mean some pretty hefty bills to look forward to.
This is the last thing you need following the high costs of cooling your home during the heat of the summer. There has to be a better way. Don't worry, there is.
That's why you need to know the smarter way to heat and cool your home.
A great way to cut the high energy costs of heating and cooling your home is by adding a smart thermostat. This is smart technology that lets you control your home's temperature remotely with a smartphone, tablet or computer. It helps you keep costs low by adjusting your home's temperature even when you are not there.
This technology also adds a level of convenience that we've never had before. During wintertime, you can set your thermostat to a cooler temperature while you're out, keeping costs low. Then, turn the heat up using your gadget when you're on the way home so it's nice and warm when you get there.
It also works in the summer, just reverse the scenario. Set the air conditioner at a warmer temperature while you're away and turn it down when you're headed back to the house. Either way, you're only heating and cooling the house when you actually need it, potentially saving you a nice chunk of change throughout the year.
There are many smart thermostats to choose from and most have some unique features. So which one should you get? Let's look at two of our favorite options on the market.
(PssT! The second thermostat we'll talk about is our recommended pick.)
Do you know that your thermostat accounts for nearly half of your energy costs? It's true.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can help you control those energy costs. This smart thermostat has the ability to learn what temperature you like to keep your home comfortable and builds a schedule around yours. It will automatically adjust the temperature in your home so that you don't have to.
The Nest adapts as your life and the seasons change. Simply use it for one week and it will program itself. It's that easy to use.
Watch the following quick video for a brief demonstration:
It's estimated that people who use the Nest save an average of 10 to 12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills. That adds up quickly and the savings can cover costs of the Nest in under two years.
Here are some of the smart thermostat's features:
- Google Home works with Nest - Feeling cold? Just say, "OK Google, set my temperature to 74 degrees."
- Amazon Alexa - Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control. (Note: Alexa device sold separately.)
- Auto-Schedule - Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.
- Home/Away Assist - Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody's home to help you save energy.
- Remote Control - Connect your thermostat to Wi-Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.
- Farsight - When the Nest Thermostat spots you across the room, it lights up to show you the time, temperature or weather.
- Energy History - Check your Energy History in the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.
- Nest Leaf - You'll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right direction.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is available for purchase on Amazon for under $250. Buy this amazing smart thermostat by clicking the button below.Buy from Amazon
If you decide to go with the Nest Learning Thermostat, you'll want to download its app. The app is available for free on both Apple and Android Gadgets.