Smart thermostat reveals energy waste

I frequently travel for my job.

I am sometimes away from home for a full week.

I realized that whenever I was gone for business, the monthly utility bills were much more expensive. I asked my roommate Stacy about this. She swore that she rarely touched the thermostat while I was gone. She said that she was always very conscientious about making adjustments to conserve energy when she left for work in the mornings or went to bed at home. She insisted that she kept moderate temperature settings when she was at home. In an attempt to improve the management of the heating and cooling system, I invested in a smart thermostat. This particular model includes a user-friendly app that allows access from virtually anywhere. From my smartphone or laptop, I can check on operation, get information and make changes to programs. I showed Stacy how to navigate the menu and controls on the new thermostat, but I didn’t tell her about the energy tracking feature or that I’d get notified of any changes she made. While I was traveling for work, the smart thermostat let me know that Stacy was messing with the regular program. I had proof that she was significantly raising the thermostat setting the moment I pulled out of the driveway. She was also leaving the furnace blasting while the house was empty during the day. She didn’t even bother to turn the temperature down when she went to bed at night. Not only was she costing us a fortune on our energy bills, but she was putting unnecessary strain on the heating system. When I returned home, I showed Stacy the proof on my phone. She’s no longer allowed to touch the thermostat.

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