A Profile of ecobee Smart Thermostats

July 20, 2020

Ecobee smart thermostats come in a range of models designed with features to give you control over your home comfort from anywhere and help to save money on your energy bills. These models include the ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control and ecobee3 lite. Both come with several features that make your life easier. Here’s what to know about ecobee smart thermostats and how to get the most out of them. Why Buy an ecobee? An ecobee thermostat can save you around 23% on your annual energy costs compared to keeping your house at a constant 72 degrees. It learns the patterns of your home comfort behaviors and doesn’t heat or cool it as much when nobody is around. You can control an Ecobee with an iOS or Android device, and it’s compatible with Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT. ecobee SmartSensor ecobee comes packaged with the company’s innovative SmartSensor, which senses both room temperature and occupancy levels. With SmartSensor, you can control your home’s thermostat based on a particular area. Or you can connect to multiple SmartSensors (sold separately)—one for each room if you like—and set an average temperature for your home, helping alleviate hot or...

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A Profile of Nest Learning Thermostats

June 20, 2020

Gaining greater control over home energy usage is worthwhile goal for virtually every homeowner. Maintaining a comfortable climate inside the home is one of the most costly aspects of energy usage here in South Central Texas. It’s not unusual for electric bills in this region to be made up of 50% in heating and cooling charges. That makes the cost-effective usage of your HVAC system one of the most important aspects of home-energy efficiency. Here’s one piece of technology that can enable you to take greater control of heating-and-cooling energy usage: the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat and Energy Savings The Nest Learning Thermostat can help help significantly reduce energy costs around your house. While you can certainly control this thermostat manually, the primary advantage of the Nest lies in its name: “Learning.” The Nest has the brains to learn from the way you use it in regulating the temperature inside your home. From the time you connect it to your AC/heating system and turn it on, it begins cataloguing your usage and using that information to save you every penny possible in heating and cooling costs. After the first few days of “learning” your usage habits, the...

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Seven Tips to Save on Your Summer Cooling Bill

August 1, 2019

Summer is typically an energy-intensive season in South Central Texas. With all your cooling needs and indoor activities, your electricity bill may show a significant increase during hotter months. While we can’t control the weather, here are seven tips for helping save money on summertime electric bills. 1. Use Fans Instead of Your AC When Possible If you’ve got ceilings fans in your home and/or portable fans, you can use these to ease the load on your AC during hot, sticky weather. Fans don’t actually lower the room temperature, but evaporate the moisture on your skin, making you feel between four and six degrees cooler. This allows you to lower the temperature on your thermostat, requiring less energy to keep your living space at a comfortable temperature. Because fans don’t lower the temperature, though, be sure to turn them off when no one is in the room; otherwise, they become a waste of energy. 2. Use Blackout and Reflective Drapery to Block Sun Rays The sun hitting your house can contribute to raising the inside temperature. Try replacing your curtains or drapes with ones that reflect and block sunlight better. 3. Use LED Lighting LED lights produce much less heat...

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