Having trouble explaining how to use the smart thermostat to my grandmother

I don’t know what my cousin was thinking about getting my grandmother a fancy touchscreen thermostat for her birthday.

She still had an old dial thermostat on the wall and my cousin was saying she would appreciate the lower energy bills and all.

Of course, my cousin didn’t offer to help install the thing. My grandmother doesn’t like trying to mess with new technology. She refuses to use smart phones, so I wondered how my cousin thought she would use a smart thermostat. I was the one who ended up helping her install the thing. While I thought she would never want to use the new thermostat, I had to admit that it would save her money on the energy bills and I tried to explain that to her. She said if I wanted to install it, I could. So I did and I showed her how to work the thing. She was confused with the touchscreen and she didn’t know what all those buttons were supposed to be. I wished my cousin would have gotten her something more practical like a nest thermostat that works something like a dial thermostat. At least with something like that my grandmother wouldn’t be so confused. I ended up just telling my grandmother to let me access the thermostat with my phone and I’d adjust the temperature control settings to what she wanted. She was even more confused then because she didn’t know how I could adjust the temperature control settings with a telephone! She was acting like I was losing my mind, and I realized it was impossible to explain this technology to her.



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