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The 4 Best Smart Thermostats for Energy Efficiency

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With rising prices around the country, it’s more important than ever to try to save a dollar or two where you can. While it may seem contradictory to recommend spending money to save money, an upfront investment can save you a lot in the long run on home energy efficiency

That’s why we’ve curated this list of our four favorite smart thermostats to make your home’s heating and cooling more energy efficient. Not only does energy efficiency save you money, but it’s better for the planet, too!

Our Four Favorite Smart Thermostats for Energy Efficiency

Honeywell Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat | MSRP $124.99

Best Bang for Your Buck + Easy Installation

We’re listing this Honeywell thermostat first on our list for its balance between price and quality. It’s relatively easy to install, integrates with smart-home systems like Google Assistant and Alexa, and has a smartphone app to control your home temperatures from anywhere.

While some reviewers note that the thermostat has issues with staying connected to their home’s Wifi, it more than makes up for occasional issues in its ease of installation and other functionality.

ecobee Smart Thermostat With Voice Control | MSRP $219.99

Best Combination of Design and Functionality

The first thing that stood out to us about the ecobee Smart Thermostat is how gorgeously sleek it looks on the wall (an admittedly subjective opinion, but worth mentioning). Not only can you control it with voice, but it has built-in speakers that you can use for an intercom function around the house!

According to the ecobee website, you can expect to save up to 26% on annual energy costs, but your mileage may vary. 

Google Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation | MSRP $249.00

“Smartest” Thermostat on the Market

The 3rd generation Google Nest thermostat is the most expensive on our list of 4 best smart thermostats for energy efficiency, and it boasts an impressive suite of features. Most notable is the “Learning” aspect of the thermostat; the Google product page claims it “automatically adapts as your life and the seasons change. Just use it for a week and it programs itself.”

Like the other thermostats on this list, you can control it from anywhere with an app or from the room it’s in with your voice. And, according to an independent study, you can expect to save around 10%-15% on heating/cooling expenses with the Google Nest.

LuxPro Thermostats | MSRP $34.99+

Our Favorite Smart Thermostat on a Budget

As the cheapest option on this list, the LuxPro line of programmable thermostats is definitely the least feature-rich. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still help you save on your energy bill! The lowest level of LuxPro Thermostats may not technically be “smart” thermostats, but they still have programmable schedules so you’re only heating or cooling when you need it.

LuxPro’s smart thermostats, such as the GEO and KONO lines, are more comparable to the other brands on our list in both price and features.

Saving time and energy has never been easier!

A smart (or programmable) thermostat could save you money on your energy bills, not to mention the daily time you’ll save not having to change the thermostat whenever the room gets uncomfortable. Whether you go with one of the thermostats above or find a different brand that suits your home better, you’ll be happy you made an investment that pays for itself in just a year or two.

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