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Find out how to save money on your heating bill this winter in this guest post from Chris Long:

Imagine this scenario: You’re headed away on holiday, and the outside temperature is predicted to dip well below freezing at night. Although nobody will be at your home for a week, you leave the temperature set to 20 degrees to prevent your pipes from freezing. You realize you’ll be wasting all of that energy during the warmer days, but it’s better than the alternative of hiring a plumber for a major repair job when you return home.

Fortunately, that sort of scenario can now be a thing of the past. Wi-Fi enabled thermostats are quickly becoming the norm, allowing homeowners to control the temperature of their house from anywhere in the world where their phone or device receives a signal.

Making the Switch

Every major thermostat maker now offers a Wi-Fi enabled model, with some as affordable as £100. Consider that your heating and cooling costs comprise, on average, 43 percent of your monthly utility bill, and the opportunity to quickly recoup this expense is obvious.

Each model, from makers like Honeywell and Filtrete, includes a free, accompanying app that works on major smartphones and devices. Furthermore, universal apps like Thermostapp work with most thermostat models and are designed with simplicity in mind. Even if you owned a programmable thermostat in the past but never learned how to properly adjust its settings, the new smartphone-controlled models are simple enough for even the least tech-savvy folks to learn.

Some models, like the Nest, even include the ability to monitor outside weather and adjust indoor settings in turn. For most people, however, the biggest advantage lies simply in the ability to adjust temperatures from afield. When you’re on your way home, turn your thermostat to your desired setting with a tap of your finger. You’ve then avoided the unnecessary expenditure of heating or cooling your home all day long, yet you still arrive home to your optimum climate.

Best of all, who hasn’t wished they could adjust the temperature of their house without getting out of bed? Now all you have to do is pick up the phone.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Remotely programmable thermostats are just one aspect of a growing revolution in energy conservation. As we seek new energy sources from wind and solar power, many consumers are realizing that the most powerful method of reducing energy needs lies in conservation at home.

Unfortunately, since the advent of electricity, we’ve had only minimal ability to control and monitor our personal usage. When our monthly bill is higher than anticipated, it can be difficult to locate a culprit appliance that’s drawing extra power.

Thanks to new websites and apps like Wattvision and eMonitor, that’s quickly changing. Consumers are seizing the ability to monitor their energy use in real time, allowing them the ability to carve big chunks off of their monthly bill. When it comes to conserving electricity, knowledge is power!

Social web apps like Facebook’s new ‚Social Energy‘ plug-in are taking that inspiration to conserve and spreading it between friends. Created by software maker Opower, the Social Energy app tracks and compares energy usage between friends, making conservation a friendly competition that motivates people to use even less (and save a few quid in the process).

Before this winter fully sets in, consider making the investment in a Wi-Fi enabled programmable thermostat. Not only will you do your part to conserve electricity, you’ll enjoy significant savings on your monthly bill by cutting out unnecessary usage.

Since 2000, Chris Long has been a store associate at a Home Depot in Illinois. He also contributes to the Home Depot blog, and is interested in electrical topics ranging from solar panels to home automation.

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