My pets are treated like royalty. I have two dogs and two cats, and they are like kids to me. Seriously, I go out of my way to make sure that they are comfortable. Just a few weeks ago I had a smart thermostat installed at my house so that I could make sure they were nice and cool during the day while I was at work. I had the idea to have this done when I realized that my dogs were always hot when I got home. There’s no way that I could leave the A/C on all day while I was gone, but if I could just make sure that it runs a little every couple of hours this would keep my animals from getting too hot. The smart thermostat was installed really quickly, and it’s so great because it connect to an app on my phone. I can check the temperature on it at any point during the day and make sure the pets are all good! Having this app on my phone is also great because it keeps me from wasting energy by leaving the air conditioner running when I don’t need to use it. I think smart thermostats are good for people who don’t even have pets for this reason. I think we could all work on cutting back on our energy use a little bit because we collectively waste a lot of power each year. My guess is that these will become standard on most new houses, and I think that will be a good thing for everyone!