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Program Your Charlotte Home Thermostat Via The Internet

June 3rd, 2009 · No Comments


How smart is your thermostat? Probably smart enough to let you program temperature settings based on the weather and household activity for the week. But now, there is a thermostat that is smart enough to let you perform these functions via the Internet.

A “smart thermostat”, (also known as a digital programmable thermostat) lets you customize temperature settings in real time. The Ecobee Smart Thermostat, currently available for purchase on-line, refines this idea by adding a wireless Internet connection, so you can remotely monitor and control your home temperature from a personalized web portal. And since heating and cooling a home accounts for 70% of a home’s energy consumption, this function can help reduce energy usage and lower utility bills.

The Internet interface can be helpful to raise or lower the temperature a few degrees before family members return home from work or school. And it can be even more useful for controlling and monitoring temperatures while the family is away on vacation.

The Ecobee Smart Thermostat allows homeowners to program their thermostat easily using its touch screen, or over the Internet, in seconds. It connects to a homeowners’ standard WiFi (wireless network), which provides remote access to their thermostat settings. A ‘wizard’ function acts as a step-by-step guide through the programming process using simple commands.

While an Ecobee thermostat is $385, the Ecobee website demonstrates that the device will pay for itself in energy cost savings within 18 months.

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Tags: Energy Saving · Heating/Air Conditioning

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