With energy rates at their highest levels in years, families from Randolph to Denville — and countless other communities in northern New Jersey — are looking for ways to save money on their home heating bills.
But before you take a drastic step like switching fuels or changing out your heating equipment, you should look at a small home comfort device that can significantly impact your energy bills: your thermostat.
Many people only think of their thermostat when the house feels too cold or hot, and they adjust their temperature. But it can be an effective tool for controlling your fuel consumption. Investing in a smart thermostat like the RedLINK products from Honeywell that Dixon Energy installs can save you significant money without sacrificing comfort.
Many New Jersey families have programmable thermostats that allow them to preset temperatures at different times of the day. This enables them to reduce their energy consumption when they’re asleep or not at home.
Smart thermostats are the next technological advancement.
All thermostats connect to your heating system, signaling it to turn on when your indoor temperature drops below a certain level. Smart thermostats also connect to your home’s wireless network. This allows them to communicate with your smart devices. You can track and change temperatures from your phone or tablet, whether you’re upstairs in bed or on the other side of the world.
Smart thermostats also have learning capabilities to make temperature adjustments throughout the day, particularly when they sense you aren’t home.
The U.S. Department of Energy says most households can save 10 percent in annual heating costs by lowering their thermostats by 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day.
With a smart thermostat, you can program multiple fuel-saving temperature reductions in advance. You can track and adjust them from your wireless devices. And your thermostat will build off this, looking for more opportunities to save energy.
This all contributes to lower heating oil or gas bills in the winter.
Additionally, smart thermostats provide a vital safeguard for when you’re on vacation. If there’s a sudden cold snap while you’re out of town, you can turn on the heat remotely to prevent frozen or burst pipes.
Are you looking for a cost-effective way to reduce your winter fuel use? We recommend that you start by installing a RedLINK smart thermostat. In addition to the energy-saving features mentioned above, the RedLINK offers the following features:
With these features, the RedLINK smart thermostat more than pays for itself with convenience and cost savings.
Getting set up is easy. Just contact the friendly HVAC professionals at Dixon Energy, and we will install your smart thermostat right away!