Technology can help lower energy bills

Can’t remember to turn the thermostat down at bedtime? Always forgetting to unplug your home’s electronics before leaving on vacation?

Technology can come to your rescue.

Automatic thermostats and smartphone apps can “remember” for you—and lower your energy bills.


  • Installing a programmable thermostat that you can set just once so it will turn the heat down a few degrees (or the a/c up) at bedtime and after everyone leaves the house in the morning. Those hours of slightly lower temps can save you a bundle on your heating and cooling bills.
  • Investing in a new “learning” thermostat. These nifty devices collect data about your preferences every time you raise or lower your home’s temperature. Then, it will start adjusting the thermostat accordingly—without being told to.
  • Switching to a wireless thermostat that allows you to change the temperature via your computer or smartphone.
  • Trying out an energy-management smartphone app. The free apps monitor your home’s electricity use and share the info with easy-to-read graphics. The more you know about the way your family uses energy, the easier it is to change habits that waste it.