Programmable thermostats can save you money on your heating bills because Long Island homeowners who’ve installed them are able to set temperatures based on the times they’re home, their comfort levels and their habits. Once these thermostats are set, then they almost never have to be reset.
These types of thermostats make a lot of sense, especially when 42 percent of a home’s energy expense, on average, is derived from heating and cooling costs, according to the Energy Information Association.
However, what if there was a thermostat that actually learned heating habits? Think about how much easier that would be and how much more possible savings could be gained by installing a smart thermostat.
What Is a Nest Thermostat?
Enter the Nest Learning Thermostat. It’s designed to learn what temperatures homeowners prefer to keep themselves comfortable in their homes and help them save at the same time. The Nest Learning Thermostat begins learning from the moment it’s installed and the temperature is turned up or down.
In fact, Nest eliminates the extra step of programming a thermostat through its learning capabilities and builds a personalized heating schedule based on that information. It also auto-adjusts to a temperature that increases energy savings and cost savings while no one is home.
According to the Nest website, “Just turn it up and down for the first few days. The Nest Thermostat will get to know the temperatures you like and when you like them. Then it programs itself and creates a schedule for you. The Nest Thermostat even learns from your home and figures out how it heats or cools, because no two homes are exactly the same.”
In addition, homeowners who use Nest can check their home’s energy history, which will show them exactly when Nest was on in their home for the past 10 days and how it affected their energy use in that time period. Homeowners can also remotely control Nest from anywhere by simply using their phone, tablet or laptop.
Advantages of Installing a Nest Thermostat
Seems simple enough, right? A thermostat that’s smart enough to help you conserve your energy and cash during the heating season.
The home heating experts at Tragar Oil, your Long Island green energy company, agree, and have seen the benefits of installing Nest in Long Island homes. Beyond the learning capabilities and cost savings, the benefits of having a Nest Thermostat also include:
- Homeowners could save as much 10 percent on their energy costs each season because every winter and summer the Nest slowly fine-tunes the temperatures in their schedule to save energy.
- The Nest informs homeowners when they are saving energy and saving money by showing them a small leaf on the display.
- An energy report that includes tips to save even more is also sent to homeowners each month.
- Homeowners can also adjust the temperature at any time if they’re too warm or cold, and the Nest will adjust and learn.
In addition to installing one of these smart thermostats, a home energy audit – also known as a home energy assessment – could also help homeowners save money on their utility bills. It’ll reveal how much energy their home consumes and show them problems that might, when remedied, save a good amount of money over time.
Contact Tragar Oil today to learn more. Our green energy experts can answer any questions about smart Nest Thermostats and about how to save energy and save money this winter. They can even discuss oil-to-gas conversion, Bioheat®, oil or gas heat service and heating system tune-ups. Don’t forget to ask about our free, no-obligation quote!