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Improve home comfort and energy savings with a smart thermostat

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Converts report it’s a smart move to switch to a smart thermostat. This tech device not only ensures you stay comfortable 24/7, it helps save you money and allows you to control your home’s temperature no matter where you are. It’s environmentally-friendly too.

No wonder, as the Ontario government reports, about 600,000 smart thermostats have already been installed in the province.

Since a smart thermostat connects to the internet via Wi-Fi, you can adjust your home’s temperature from your phone, tablet or smart watch— depending on the model and brand you choose. That means if you travel, stay in the south for months at a time or head to a cottage in the summer, you can be sure you’re not wasting energy when nobody’s home. What’s more, if you are supporting an elderly relative to live in place, but doing so at a distance, this tech allows you to monitor their home comfort.

Many models are ENERGY STAR-certified, so you’ll know those ones have been independently certified to provide energy savings. At the same time, if you’re an Enbridge Gas customer, you may qualify for a $75 discount on specific smart thermostats. Check the website at enbridgegas.com/residential/rebates-energy-conservation, where you’ll find details about the models included and their features.  You can also confirm your eligibility for the discount code, which will be emailed to you and must be used at the time of purchase. It can be redeemed at the store or online.

Before you get to the checkout though, make sure you’re getting the product you want and need. Here are some tips to make a “smart” choice:

Make sure the model and brand you want are compatible with your home’s HVAC system. You can double-check that on the website of your HVAC’s manufacturer.

Consider what features you want. Top models not only control heating and cooling, they also track air quality and serve as both a security device and a home speaker. They can also send you alerts about issues such as air quality or the need for furnace maintenance. Other smart thermostat features range from geofencing technology and remote sensors that help you conserve energy to voice control and smart home integration.

Keep aesthetics, functionality and installation in mind. Can you install the smart thermostat yourself, safely, or should you hire someone? Is it visually pleasing and easy to use?

-Investigate the other incentives related to installing a smart thermostat. They include Peak Perks™ and the Energy Affordability Program offered through Save on Energy, saveonenergy.ca.