Talk to your landlord about installing a smart thermostat
When your home is empty, your heating and cooling systems are still using energy to maintain the temperature set on your thermostat. A smart thermostat can be set to automatically use less energy when you're away from home, then revert to your preferred temperature by the time you return. Programming a thermostat makes saving energy easy—you can set it and forget it.
Benefits to your landlord:
Renters increasingly expect to have access to a smart thermostat to manage their energy use. Installing a smart thermostat can serve as an attractive selling point, and make their rental a more efficient and cost-effective place to live for current and future tenants.
Step by step:
Ask your landlord to consider installing a smart thermostat. It is one of the easiest ways for you to save money and for your landlord to improve the energy efficiency of the home.
When selecting a thermostat, encourage your landlord to consider the following:
- Compatibility with your heating or cooling system. Smart thermostats are compatible with most homes. If you have a heat pump, your landlord should consult a certified HVAC specialist before selecting a smart thermostat, since heat pumps can require specially designed thermostats to operate cost-effectively.
- Number needed. If you have zoned heating or cooling, you may need more than one smart thermostat.
- Flexibility. Many models allow separate programming for each day of the week.
- "Learning" ability or auto-schedule. Thermostats with adaptive recovery abilities can maximize savings by adjusting the settings based on weather conditions like humidity. Other types can learn your schedule without being programmed at all.
- Remote control. Smart thermostats connect to Wi-Fi at home, so you can program and adjust your thermostat from your phone, tablet or computer.
Program your thermostat for energy savings. Below are a few guidelines to set your smart thermostat for both comfort and savings.
- Set your "home-occupied" temperature. As a guideline, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting your thermostat to 68°F for heating and 78°F for cooling while you are awake at home.
Set your "away from home" temperature. Setting your home's temperature at least 10°F higher in the summer and 10°F lower in the winter is a good rule of thumb.
To save even more, create an "asleep" setting, too. Program your thermostat at least 10°F lower in the winter or 4°F higher in the summer while you're sleeping.
Actions you can take now: