Smart thermostat adoption continues to grow in the United States. At the end of 2017, an estimated 13% of households owned a smart thermostat, up from 11% in 2016 and up from just 5% in 2014. Homeowners are realizing significant savings in both energy expenses and energy consumption. Multiple studies indicate that users of smart thermostats like Nest, ecobee and Honeywell save an average of more than 10% on their energy bills.
While homeowners are becoming hip to the benefits of smart thermostats for primary residences, the benefits for vacation homes have been under-appreciated. Here’s a look at some of the advantages in addition to increased energy efficiency.
Worry Less About Your Vacation Home
When you’re hundreds of miles away from your vacation home, it can be easy to worry about what’s happening there. A smart thermostat can’t check if the burners are on, but it can keep the temperature in your desired range and make sure that other things are under control. For instance, you’ll be alerted if temperatures dip to extremes that could damage pipes or if the A/C needs servicing. When you’re going to your vacation home, you can make your arrival more comfortable by setting the temperature ahead of time and checking the thermostat’s local weather data.
Stay On Top Of Maintenance
With a smart thermostat, you’ll know right away if something goes wrong with your climate system. It detects A/C and furnace problems immediately so you can address them before they escalate into costlier problems. Some monitor spikes in humidity, which could be a sign of a broken window or pipe. Aside from detecting issues, these devices keep track of actual system usage and send out reminders when routine maintenance should be performed, such as changing filters. This helps keep your system running as efficiently as possible.
Exercise Remote Control
Have guests staying at your vacation house? With smart thermostats, you can grant them whatever degree of flexibility you want. Maybe you want to allow them to set temperatures within a range. Or maybe you want to grant them full control but then revert back to previous settings when they leave. Beyond the temperature, you can restrict access to other thermostat settings as desired.
How You Can Save Money and Protect the Environment
If you own vacation property in East Hampton or Southampton, you may be eligible for a free Nest thermostat or for significant rebates on already-installed Nest or Honeywell smart thermostats. The Smart Thermostat Program by South Fork Peak Savers offers customers incentives for enrolling in their conservation program. Customers also receive a cash bonus of $25 for every year that they remain enrolled in the program.
The program works by making minor, short-term adjustments to air conditioning via the smart thermostat during periods of heavy demand for electricity. These adjustments are usually in the range of 1-3° and have the effect of reducing strain on the electric system. Program members maintain ultimate control over their thermostat settings.
Follow the link below to see if you qualify for this program by South Fork Peak Savers. It’s a clear win-win; you can help yourself save money and help the effort to keep Long Island’s natural beauty intact!