New WiFi Thermostat Feature Gives Homeowners Unprecedented Transparency
Honeywell announced that starting this year, homeowners with one of their WiFi enabled thermostats will receive a monthly energy report.
This new feature gives homeowners a peek behind the curtain when it comes to their home’s energy expenditure. When you register your device you’ll receive an email detailing your energy use, comparing it with past months and years, and even tips on how to save more money next month.
While many technologies have allowed homeowners to save significant amounts of money on energy expenses, this is perhaps the simplest to use and take advantage of.
How a Honeywell Wifi Thermostat Energy Report Works
After installing and registering your thermostat, the device will collect and send data including your heating and cooling usage, weather data, and more to Honeywell via the WiFi signal. It’s compiled, compared to last month’s or last year’s data, and sent to you in a way that is incredibly simple to analyze.
They even compare your home energy use with similar homes in your area to show you how you are stacking up!
Reading Your Report
Using the example report provided by Honeywell, we are going to show you what this email will look like, how to read it, and explain some of the ways the system provides the information. You can view the full example here.
At the very top of your report is some basic information explaining what month it is for, and which household. There’s not much to go over in the first segment, but it’s worth noting that it’s a welcome feature for those who have multiple connected properties sharing the same email address.
Next, the report gives you a brief overview of your trends. According to the manufacturer’s FAQ, users who have had the device operating for less than one year will have their usage compared to the prior month (beginning two months after activation). After the first full year, it will always compare to the same month of last year.
By showing you your trends, combined with the weather data, you get a look at how you use your system, and how much outside temperatures affect your energy consumption. If this information seems a little vague, don’t worry. It’s just getting started.
Immediately following your trends overview, you are provided a detailed breakdown of your system’s usage, room by room. This includes precisely how much time your heating and air conditioning ran, the average temperatures of your rooms while you are home and away, and the weather data.
You can imagine that it would be pretty easy to spot any inefficiencies in the way you are using your system with just a brief look at this graph.
For example, if you were running your system too much while you weren’t even home, you would spot that instantly.
Due to the thermostat programming and smartphone functions, you can remedy the problem in minutes, and enjoy your lower bill next month.
The next segment gives your home an overall efficiency rating on a scale of lower to higher.
According to the manufacturer, they calculate this score by measuring how well your home maintains its temperature when outside temperatures are hot or cold. It then compares this data to similar homes in your area to come up with a score. There are many factors that affect your home’s temperature retention and they can’t all be measured by the system.
Some factors include insulation, sealing of doors and windows, and blinds and curtains. For more information about heating and cooling retention, click here.
While the system can’t tell you exactly why your home might be less efficient than similar homes, it makes you aware that there is an issue. You can then make improvements to your home, and track it month-to-month and year-to-year to see what is working and what isn’t. Given enough time and effort, your home will achieve unprecedented energy efficiency.
Proactive homeowners will enjoy significant savings every month by using this information to guide their efforts.
The final segment of the report shows you what factors contributed to saving you money this month, and provides tips to save even more next month. This analysis gives the user advice that they can implement immediately to continue saving throughout the year.
And that’s all there is to it. In just five incredibly simple to read and understand segments, these devices are equipping their users with everything they need to achieve maximum efficiency. You don’t have to wonder anymore why your energy bills are higher than you’d like them to be. And it isn’t because of some new high-tech and expensive system. It’s as simple as just giving you access to your data.
Why We Love It
In case you can’t tell, we are incredibly excited about this new feature and can’t wait to see our customers taking advantage of it.
The team here at Sig Cox has an ongoing commitment to saving our customers money on their energy expenses. Energy efficient homes benefit their occupants significantly and are civically and environmentally responsible.
The new Monthly Energy Report feature gives consumers a new way to look at their energy efficiency. By taking the guesswork out of the equation, it allows homeowners to take command of their home’s energy consumption to ensure they get the most value out of their system.
Honeywell has taken a huge first step towards a consumer-friendly energy model that will have a powerful impact on families and communities by reducing waste. Providing transparent service is one of our core values, and we are happy to see the industry as a whole trending in this direction.
But That’s Not All
While the monthly Home Energy Report is a revolutionary new feature, it’s just the icing on the cake. These thermostats don’t just give their users the information they need to tackle their efficiency head-on. They provide a wealth of features that help you take action immediately and easily. Here are just a few of the ways these devices help you transform your home into an efficiency machine.
While this feature has become pretty standard on modern thermostats, combined with the valuable information provided by the Home Energy Report, it becomes a powerful tool to save every penny possible on energy.
You can program your device to adapt to your schedule. Prevent energy waste when you’re away from home while always being comfortable the moment you walk through the door. By monitoring your reports, you can tailor your programs to run as efficiently as possible.
Being able to connect to your thermostat through any smart device gives you the ability to control your system from anywhere on the planet.
Forget to change your program before heading out on vacation? Not a problem! Just use the app to achieve maximum efficiency while you’re away and put your mind at ease.
Enabling the Geofencing feature on select models gives the system the ability to know when you’re away and adjust your settings accordingly. Combined with the programmable function, you can tailor your system’s usage to adapt to your lifestyle even when you aren’t thinking about it.
Smart Home Integration
Connectivity with Apple Homekit and Amazon Echo allows smart home users another addition to their smarter, more efficient home. These products integrate seamlessly with your preferred smart home devices making the process of controlling and maximizing your system even more accessible.
These are just a few of the features that come together to make the Honeywell product line one of the best in the industry in regards to energy consumption. When you utilize them all, the result is complete control over your HVAC system. Saving money becomes a breeze.
Start Saving Money Today
The best part, now that 2018 has arrived this program is in full swing. Homeowners can take advantage of this revolutionary new feature today.
The report is completely free for owners of any WiFi enabled Honeywell thermostat. With a diverse range of products offering this feature, the price of admission isn’t prohibitive at all. Depending on the size of your home and specifications of your system, there is a thermostat that will meet your needs. It’s a relatively small investment in your home that pays back in spades over the months and years.
If you have any questions about the Honeywell WiFi thermostat product line or want to have yours installed and set up today, just give us a call. We proudly carry these products and want to help you cut your power bill down to the lowest you’ve ever seen.
We’ll help you select a thermostat that is compatible with your system and gives you the most bang for your buck. We’ll even set it up and register it for you so you can start saving immediately! Read more about having one installed: Honeywell WiFi thermostat installation.
Give us a call and start saving today (706)-722-5304