Standard programmable thermostats are great for setting schedules that raise and lower the temperature at specific times on certain days. But unless you remember ahead of time to change the schedule, your heat will kick in as programmed - wasting energy and money.
Thanks to new advancements in technology, Wi-Fi enabled thermostats to allow homeowners to remotely control their home's temperature 24/7 - whether you're at work or holiday shopping. Simply log in online or use the thermostat's app on your phone to adjust your settings.
Smart thermostats are currently the most advanced residential devices available. Not only are they Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to adjust the temperature from your mobile device or tablet (as long as you're connected to the internet) - they can program themselves as they "learn" your behavior patterns and desired temperatures for certain days and times during the week.
It is important to do your research before investing in a new gadget. Remember, not all "Wi-Fi enabled thermostats" are smart thermostats. Only true smart thermostats can sense when you are home and program themselves. Additionally, not all after-market thermostats are compatible with all heating and cooling systems. Make sure the one you choose will work properly with your system.
The Energy Optimization program provides cash incentives toward the purchase of qualifying Wi-Fi enabled and smart thermostats. Start saving energy and money today! Visit the Michigan Energy website for additional energy-saving information and incentives.