Imagine heading home from a trip, earlier than expected, and being able to signal your heating unit to start warming the house for your arrival. A WiFi-enabled smart thermostat offers that convenience and can deliver energy savings (estimated at up to 8% percent of annual heating costs).
For even greater savings, you’ll want to consider opportunities for weatherization and a more efficient heating system. But an upgrade from an older manual thermostat to a “smart” model can yield further savings (up to $180 each year, according to ENERGY STAR). A smart thermostat tracks your home temperature preferences and occupancy, and automatically adjusts to low, energy-saving settings when you’re asleep or away. These units function with a variety of heating systems.
When replacing an older, non-programmable thermostat, don’t discard it in the trash as it may contain mercury. The State offers a $5 coupon for each thermostat with mercury that is returned through a participating retailer (learn more at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection website).
If you need to do a thermostat upgrade and decide that a smart thermostat would suit your lifestyle, Efficiency Maine is offering a $100 incentive for the purchase of a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR model. To learn more and download a rebate claim form, click here.