Install a smart thermostat

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Your thermostat is the central nervous system of your home heating or cooling system. If you are still relying on antiquated manual thermostats you are burning unnecessary money and carbon. Typically smart thermostats will save you up to twenty percent on your energy consumption.

Worldwide, home heating and cooling makes up about a tenth of all energy usage, which means there is a lot of room for improvement. If just 1 in 5 households used smart thermostats it would decrease emissions pollution by 7.4 gigatons.

The best part about this Action is that once you complete it you will save each and everyday with no extra effort.


• What makes a smart thermostat so smart? It has sensors that check whether someone is home or not. If you are not then the temperature is adjusted accordingly so energy is not wasted when it is not needed.

• Smart thermostats also allow for detailed programs so that you can adjust the temperature up and down at exact times. If you prefer an automated route, many even have an option to learn your temperature preferences and create a program for you.

• Most systems link to your phone allowing you to change the setting on the go or from the comfort of your bed or couch.

• Search online for the type of thermostat that fits your style and price range. As long as it has some of the features mentioned above that resonate to you, then you will be in a good place. Smart thermostats have been around for a few years, so consider getting a used one online to save yourself money and keep less stuff from being manufactured.

• Installation of a new thermostat is usually pretty straightforward if you are simply swapping out an old thermostat. Most people can do it themselves by reading the instructions or watching a video found by searching online. It should take you an hour or less. If you are not up for that challenge, then recruit a friend, family member, or professional to help out.

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