In 2017, EIA found that on average about 21 percent of energy consumption is from heating and cooling. If you don’t have a well sealed and insulated home this percentage is even higher.
A smart thermostat will help you have more control over your energy spending. In 2016 about 88 percent of smart thermostats were residential installations. This came to a total of 62,360,132 thermostats. As more customers see the benefit of smart thermostats this number continues to grow.
Nest Thermostat Options For Reno Nevada Solar Prospects
Nest did a study on their smart thermostats. Their thermostats save customers 10-12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling. This is an estimated savings of $131 to $145 each year.
Nest Learning Thermostat
After using the nest learning thermostat for a week it will program to your preferences. This thermostat can use sensors and your phone location to determine if you are gone. During this time it will change your home to environmentally friendly temperature, getting you even more savings.
Nest Thermostat E
The Nest Thermostat E is cheaper than the learning thermostat. The main reason is that it doesn’t learn your schedule during the first week. Instead, you manually program a heating and cooling schedule. And when you leave home it switches to eco. It also doesn’t show the time and weather and works with less heating and cooling systems.
Because air moves unevenly you can’t get the same temperature throughout the house. A temperature sensor keeps one room at the perfect temperature throughout the day.
NV Energy Free Power Shift Smart Thermostat
The more you can save without compromising quality the better. NV Energy as part of their power shift program will install a free smart thermostat.
Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat – Perfect for Reno NV Solar Homes
The wi-fi smart thermostat uses your modem and router to control your thermostat. This thermostat shows the weather outside as well as the temperature inside.
With the app, you are able to create a target temperature that suits you best. you can also change your thermostat from anywhere. This means if you forgot when you left the house to change your home to the eco mode you can do it from your phone.
Thermostat with Digi Gateway
The Digi Gateway is a device provided by NV Energy that connects your modem and router to a thermostat. This device allows you to adjust and set your preferences with a mobile app. These NV Energy thermostats only have the ability to tell you the temperature in your home. However, the free app gives you all the same remote access functions of the wi-fi smart thermostat.
Community Energy Events
As an NV Energy Power shift customer, you can opt into community energy events. These are days between June and September that the community opts to use less energy.
If you opt-in NV Energy turns up your thermostat and then over two hours it goes down by four degrees. After the two hours, the thermostat returns to your target temperature.
If you want to keep your smart service activated you need to participate in these events 50 percent of the time. These events are pre-scheduled so you can plan for them.
How Smart Thermostats Combined with Solar Can Em-power Reno Nevada Homes
Smart thermostats are brilliant pieces of equipment made even more brilliant by Residential solar power. They allow people to use energy when they need it. These thermostats, however, don’t eliminate your power bill.
Solar and Smart Thermostats’ Roles in Helping Nevadans Save Money
Solar arrays in combination with a smart thermostat will give you even more savings. The thermostat will allow you to control how much power you are using. The Photovoltaic system will help you generate your own power. These two products together help you to maximize your total savings. Not only are you saving each month with your lowered energy bill, but solar covers the rest of the bill.
When you purchase a solar array from Go Solar Group you can have your panels paid off in 15 years or less. Because systems are warranted to last at least 25 years you will get a minimum of ten years with free energy.
For the first 12 to 15 years your electric bill is replaced with a similar fixed monthly solar bill. After your system is paid off all you owe is the NV Energy connection fee each month. This is about 10 dollars.
How Solar Arrays Create And Utilize Extra Energy
Your solar array only gathers electricity when the sun is out. It is for this reason that many solar customers stay connected to the grid. To account for the energy used at night solar arrays are sized to cover your typical night usage. this usage is credited to you at the end of the month.
In an event of a grid failure, this form of backup can be limiting. If you want to look into other storage options Go Solar Group has several backup options to choose from.