Saving energy is important to us. However, replacement costs for two thermostats kept us from updating our system. When we purchased our home, this system was equipped with mediocre thermostats. They were the out-dated, manual type that had few adjustments and no programming capabilities.
Meanwhile, our west-facing, large-windowed, hillside home has two energy-efficient furnaces and air conditioners. There are few days of the year when the home doesn’t benefit from utilizing the heating/cooling system. We plead guilty to forgetting to adjust the thermostats until we become uncomfortable.
When we’ve worked with Dave in the past, we’ve found him to be a reliable source of information for the questions we posed. We trusted that his Facebook link about homeowner energy and cash savings would be beneficial reading. It was, and later that day we headed to Home Depot to purchase two 3M Filtrete Thermostats (made by Radio Thermostat Company of America) for our home.
The thermostats are just as Dave’s link suggested:
- Inexpensive at $100 each at Home Depot. (didn’t find we could save by purchasing online)
- Easy to install for us novice DIY’ers, taking a bit more than an hour to complete each install.
- Our phone call to ask our “it’s not working” question was quickly troubleshot and found to be a loose jumper wire.
- Offer endless programming options, yet are very simple to program and adjust.
- The installed thermostats can be touch-screen programmed on the unit, via a smart phone app, and with any device with Internet access by logging onto RadioThermostat.com
While we are not very handy, installing our new programmable thermostats was quite easy.
- We were fortunate that our new thermostats covered any unpainted wall area. Other folks may need to do touch ups.
- The project would have gone faster if we’d followed the simple directions that said to turn off the power. Our box is some distance from our thermostats, we got lazy, and we ended up having to replace a furnace fuse.
- Programming the units is fun. We named each of ours. We love to check the house temp from our phones when we’re away. We no longer forget to turn our heat down in late afternoon and therefore are no longer going to bed in a too-warm house. We can’t wait to see our next power bill.
For those of us who don’t maintain an exact at-home schedule day in and day out, for folks who own vacation rentals, and anyone with an office, shop or studio outside the home, a Wi-Fi programmable thermostat seems to be a perfect and affordable answer to energy efficiency.
If you wish to read Dave’s Facebook post too, you can– at:
Cheap Wi-Fi Thermostats Arrive at Home Depot : Greentech Media
Rob (Head Web-head)