Smart thermostats are possibly one of the easiest, yet most effective ways to create energy savings for almost any home. They are designed to be user-friendly from installation to daily use, and I would have to agree! Installing my own smart thermostat at home seemed like it would be a challenging task, though this proved to not be the case. When it came to putting the smart thermostat in place, I just had to be mindful of which wires connected to which terminal. Once the device was installed, the smart thermostat simply ran through language settings, and linked up to my home’s wi-fi network. From there, the smart thermostat began paying attention to my preferred heating and air conditioning settings. Over time, the device began to create a schedule based on my preferences, which I thought was wonderful! I didn’t have to get up to adjust the smart thermostat manually, either. Since the small appliance connected to the Internet to operate, I could control the thermostat using an app on my phone! That proved incredibly useful, as I could adjust the thermostat to begin cooling or heating the house as I got in my car to head home from work. I didn’t have to do that for long though, as the thermostat began to recognize my ritual of preheating or pre-cooling the house. Overall, I have yet to find any real drawback to using a smart thermostat in my home! There is a sizable upfront cost to purchase most smart thermostats, which is usually at least two-hundred dollars. However, that money is easily returned back in energy savings every month, so it definitely brings a net gain to the budget.