Smart thermostats and the Internet of things

Smart thermostats and the Internet of things

Smart thermostats and the Internet of things are here to reduce our energy bills

 

Filling in the gap between energy supply and demand with clean, reliable and inexpensive energy is one of the biggest challenges today. The possibility of energy becoming more expensive, less available and more harmful to our environment has renewed people’s interest in finding more efficient ways to use it. It seems simple, but smart thermostats are key players in a booming industry.

What if there is a way to reduce energy consumption and minimize its total cost by using the potential of existing technologies without changing everyday habits?

Something much larger is taking place to help us resolve this issues – The “Internet of Things” is here and it’s at a point in its evolution just like the Internet many years ago: full of promise and potential but still a conceptual leap for most people.

When consumer-level products (such as smart thermostats) can interact meaningfully with city-level concerns, the entire system can optimize energy-use in a way that wasn’t previously feasible. Simply using smart thermostats not only gives power to the Internet of Things, but it can also make our cities dynamic and responsive to energy demands and sudden energy spikes.

Remember when Google purchased Nest? It validated what many can be considered the official arrival of ‘Internet of Things’ (also known as IoT).

Smart Thermostats and The Internet of Things.

 

What is a smart thermostat? In its roots, it is a device, which allows you to manage certain location’s temperature based on the time of day and from a remote location, using your smart phone, tablet or desktop. It being ‘smart’ implies it should save you money on power and keep your home, office or building comfortable. It’s ‘smart’ because it learns and adapts to your behavior, reports to you on energy consumption in real-time, and can even adjust its settings based on preset parameters and ambient conditions (e.g. humidity).

According to this article from Govtech.com smart thermostats are central to the Internet of Things – a hyper-connected environment in which all of our things become more responsive, dynamic, and capable of chipping away at the excesses of our energy-intensive lifestyle.

Here are some of the best thermostats that you can buy online and easily install:

The Nest Learning Thermostat, The Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat, Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, Sensi Wi-Fi Smart Programmable Thermostat, and Honeywell Z-Wave Enabled Programmable Thermostat.

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