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Programmable Thermostats – Sleek, Smart & Sexy

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Every home should have one.

Who knew programmable thermostats can be so sexy, smart and energy efficient. We spend at least half of our energy bill on heating and cooling.  We can monitor and reduce our energy to conserve as much as possible and match our decor style at the same time through these programable thermostats.  I picked these three because they represent, in my opinion, three different interior styles and all are smart and efficient. No matter what your style, you should incorporate a programable thermostat in your home and start saving 20-30% of your heating and cooling costs.

The Nest is for the techy, minimalist decor.  It was designed by a team of Apple and other Silicon Valley veterans (Credit: Nest)

The EcoBee is more of the traditional, simple, easy to read style.

The Honeywell is for the Martha Stewart crowd that likes to accessorize with color.

Check these out and see which one works for your style.

# 1  Nest – The learning thermostat

Nest-ThermostatThe demand for energy varies over the course of a day and a month.  We all have different habits and adjust the thermostat accordingly and hopefully remember to turn it off when we leave home, but wouldn’t it be nice if you have a thermostat that learns your habits and adjusts to your comfort zones.   Nest learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your smart phone or your laptop. Teach it well and Nest can lower your heating and cooling bills up to 20%.  Three out of four people install the nest themselves in 30 minutes or less.  You can also get installation from a local. Nest Certified Professional.

#2  Ecobee – Simple yet really smart

Screen-Shot-2012-07-21-at-11.23.56-PMThis WiFi-enabled ecobee Smart Thermostat takes the frustration our of programming your thermostat with a simple touch screen and easy to follow step-by-step Instructions.  Their scientifically proven algorithms take into account elements such as weather, size of home, number of occupants and type of HVAC system to maximize your energy efficiency.  You can even accessorize it with fun GelaSkin for home or business.

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#3 Honeywell – Wall color matching

honeywell-wifi-stat4Honeywell’s Prestige 2.0 Comfort System can change the color display to match you home’s decor.  It’s an interview -based programming and connects to the internet, displays outdoor conditions and offer portable comfort control.  Allows separate programming for each day of the week.  It automatically adjusts your home’s temperature when utility prices are at their highest.  The all in one control – controls temperature and Indoor Air Quality such as humidification, dehumidication and air filtration all from a single control in the living spaces.

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Author: Katalin Szubota

Full Service Real Estate Professional in Southern CA, Riverside County specializing in Green, Energy Efficient Homes sales and purchases. EcoBroker Certified, LEED Green Associate, USGBC-IE chapter member Contact 818-439-8049. www.kathyszubota.com

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