8 Smart Thermostat Advantages

Heating and cooling account for nearly half of your home’s energy costs! A smart thermostat offers both automation and greater control over your home’s temperature and climate – control that could save you a bundle on your energy bill. But a smart thermostat’s Wi-Fi connection enables so much more than just temperature automation – there’s a whole…
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Honeywell Wi-Fi advantages over Nest Learning Thermostat

Welcome to our two-part series comparing the advantages of the well-designed Honeywell Wi-Fi (RTH9580WF) thermostat over the very popular Nest Learning Thermostat. These two competitors are leading the race for control over your home’s furnace, and the one that’s right for you comes down to your personal preferences. Both thermostats are similarly priced ($200-$250 depending…
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Google Purchases Nest for $3.2 Billion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – January 13, 2014 Tech giant Google announced its $3.2 billion purchase of Nest Labs, the wildly successful home automation company behind the Nest Learning Thermostat (read our review here) and the Nest Protect (Amazon.com link) smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Nest Labs, led by former Apple designer Tony Fadell, will continue to operate…
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How to get big savings out of your new smart thermostat

Smart thermostat manufacturers love to tout their energy-savings capabilities – but you’ve got a role to play, too.  If you just installed a shiny new Nest, Honeywell Wi-Fi, or ecobee3, here are six things you should do to get big savings out of your new smart thermostat. Set your schedule: Smart thermostats aim to learn…
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ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat Review

Last updated: 12/21/2014 Our ecobee EB-STAT-02 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Quick Rating: 12/2014 update: There’s a new ecobee model in town and it’s fantastic. However, we still think the the EB-STAT-02 deserves a 4-star rating. The only thing “wrong” with it is the dated touch screen design, but it’s still got all the stuff we love: data reports, remote access, and simplicity of…
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Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat RTH9580WF Review

Our Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat rating: 9/2017 update: It’s still going strong! If you want a no-nonsense smart thermostat from the company known for thermostats, this touch-screen Honeywell is still a good choice. They’ve added support for Alexa (via Alexa-enabled devices, like the Echo) and this model still shows up in best-seller lists. 2/2015 update: We…
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Review: Nest Learning Thermostat (2nd generation)

Head’s up! There’s a newer version of the Nest Click here to see what’s new with the 3rd generation Nest and click here to read our full-length review Our Nest Learning Thermostat (Gen. 2) rating: PROS “Leaf” feature encourages energy efficiency Energy usage reports Well-designed interface is intuitive for most users Attractive and stylish design Compatible…
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