The Stone-Age did not end because we ran out of stones;
we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity
lies before us with energy efficiency . . .
-Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy
Energy efficiency is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Most of us care about the planet and our legacy, but even the most non-conservationist person you know wants to save money. The average homeowner spends more than $2,200/year on energy bills – and almost half of that is amount is spent on heating and cooling costs. Here in Texas, air conditioning is another item that’s not a luxury but a necessity. You can improve your home’s energy efficiency with the right thermostat.
Types of Thermostats
Homes have manual, programmable, or smart thermostats. They can be mechanical or digital; low-voltage or line-voltage. You can realize the same energy efficiency with a manual/mechanical thermostat as with a smart thermostat; it simply takes more work on your part.
- Manual – These are the most limited thermostats in terms of energy efficiency. They’re found in older homes and work best for stay-at-home homeowners who prefer a fixed temperature year-round.
- Programmable – This popular thermostat allows you to pre-program for weekdays, weekends, and vacations. Programmable thermostats are very energy efficient when properly used.
- Smart – Proven energy-efficient, smart people use smart thermostats with wi-fi technology. This may be the year to upgrade!
Make Energy Efficiency Your 2018 Goal
“Yes, I love over-paying my utility bills every month!” said no one in the history of the world.
Are you ready for Summer 2018? The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts this summer will be cooler and rainier than normal, with the hottest periods in mid-July and mid-August. Heat and humidity in The Woodlands? Sounds about right! We use our HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) units more than most states, so energy efficiency just makes sense.