Smart technology: Smart thermostats

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Save 8% or more on energy costs

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A smart way to save

Heating and cooling account for about two-thirds of your home's energy use. A smart thermostat can keep your home comfortable and reduce your energy use by 8% or more.

A smart thermostat, also known as a connected thermostat, makes it easy to monitor and control your home's heating and air conditioning systems using a smartphone, computer or tablet. You can also set a schedule to reduce heating and cooling when you're asleep or away from home.

What to look for

  • Choose an ENERGY STAR certified model that allows you to control your heating and cooling systems remotely through your smartphone, computer or tablet.

Things to consider

  • Before you purchase, make sure it will work with your home's HVAC and electrical systems. Many popular models have online compatibility checkers.
  • A smartphone, tablet, or computer is needed to get the most out of your smart thermostat's remote monitoring and control capabilities.
  • Lower your thermostat at night and when you're away from home for several hours or more. You'll save up to two% on your heating bill for every degree you roll back the temperature.

Average cost

$200 to $500

Source: Natural Resources Canada

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