Summer in Chicago has certainly arrived. When we turn off the stove and turn on the air conditioner, it may be time to look at a few ways we can increase our house's energy efficiency and save money on our bills at the same time.

An important way to achieve this goal is through the installation of the latest in technology, the NEST Smart Thermostat. These thermostats are smart because they give users more automated temperature control and therefore greater savings than ever before possible. NEST sells for around $ 250 and has many features.

You may be familiar with the NEST brand thermostat. There are also other models, including the Ecobee Smart Thermostat and the Honeywell Prestige series. Honeywell has just announced a new introduction to the market, the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat. This model has internet connection via Wi-Fi and mobile apps for those who like the idea of ​​remote administration.

Most homeowners set their thermostat to a temperature and never change it. When you install a smart thermostat, you can set your temperature at different times during the day, and the thermostat programs itself to learn your temperature settings. This saves you time because you do not have to worry about changing the temperature again.

For example, the thermostat can be programmed to turn off the oven or air conditioner when traveling to work in the morning so that your HVAC system does not use unnecessary energy. It can also be programmed to turn up the heat (or turn on the air conditioner) a bit before you get home so you can walk into your home and immediately feel comfortable.

They can also be programmed to adjust the temperature in the evening while you sleep, to save energy and save money on bills.

Several manufacturers have developed the smart thermostat technology, and some even offer the added benefit of Internet connection for remote control and programming

Have you ever left the house and wondered if you forgot to turn off the air conditioner or the heat? Smart thermostats can be controlled by the computer or the phone, which makes it possible to change the temperature externally.

Typically, a smart thermostat can be installed in as little as 30 minutes or less. This makes them an ideal choice for do-it-yourselfers. However, it can be easier and less complicated if you let someone else handle the installation for you.

There is both an added convenience and an increased ability to save money with a new smart thermostat installation. Although this type of thermostat has a higher cost, consider it as an investment. The money you put down front can be saved on your monthly supply bills over time. They offer an ideal way to use technology to create a more energy efficient home.

Author's Bio: 

Nest Learning Thermostat is designed for learning. Once installed and running, you can turn it up when you are at home and turn it down when you walk.