Nevada Smart Homes and Solar Plus Thermostat Tech
In 2017, EIA found that about 21 percent of energy consumption comes from heating and cooling. If the home isn’t sealed and insulated, this percentage rises.
A smart thermostat helps Nevada homeowners have more control over their energy spending. In 2016 the residential application of smart thermostats reached about 88 percent of smart thermostat installations, totaling 62,360,132 thermostats. As more consumers see the benefit of smart thermostats, installations continue to increase.
Nest Thermostat Options For Reno Nevada Solar Prospects
Nest did a study on their smart thermostats. The study found that thermostats save customers 10-12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling. Together these improvements come to an estimated savings of $131 to $145 each year.
Nest Learning Thermostat
After using the Nest learning thermostat for a week, it automatically programs your preferences. This thermostat can use sensors and your phone location to determine whether you’re home. If it determines no one’s home, it will change the home to an environmentally friendly temperature, saving customers even more. It can also show the time and weather.
Nest Thermostat E
The Nest Thermostat E comes at a cheaper price point than the learning thermostat. The Nest Thermostat E has auto-scheduling and can detect when you leave and switch to eco mode.
However, it doesn’t show the time and weather, and it works with less heating and cooling systems. It also doesn’t have the cosmetic updates that the Nest Learning Thermostat has.
Because air moves unevenly, homes don’t stay the same temperature throughout the house. However, with a temperature sensor, the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Thermostat E can keep 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.
Customers who choose to participate in this program have a choice between three different smart thermostats. Let’s look at the three smart thermostats NV Energy offers.
Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat – Perfect for Reno NV Solar Homes
The wi-fi smart thermostat uses the modem and router to control the thermostat. This thermostat shows the weather outside as well as the temperature inside.
With the app, customers can create a target temperature that suits them best. They can also adjust the thermostat from anywhere. So, if they forget to change the home to the eco mode before leaving, they can do it from their phone.
Thermostat with Digi Gateway
The Digi Gateway connects the modem and router to a thermostat. This device allows customers to adjust and set their preferences with a mobile app. These NV Energy thermostats have limited to no scheduling capabilities. However, the free app gives you remote access.
The Ecobee 3 Lit Smart Thermostat
The Ecobee 3 Lit allows homeowners to look at the humidity level in their home, adjust the temperature and set temperature schedules and see the weather forecast. If customers opt for eco+, a free software update, the smart thermostat will learn the heating and cooling preferences and recommend changes.
Power Shift: Community Energy Events
As an NV Energy Power shift customer, you can opt into community energy events. Those who have opted into this program use less electricity during a couple of hot days between June and September.
If you opt into the community energy event, NV Energy precools your home by a couple of degrees, then over two hours it lets the home heat up by four degrees. After two hours, the thermostat returns to your target temperature. If you want to keep your smart service activated, you need to participate in at least 50 percent of these events.
How Smart Thermostats Combined with Solar Can Em-power Reno Nevada Homes
While brilliant pieces of equipment on their own, residential solar power makes smart thermostats even better. They allow people to use energy when they need it. These thermostats, however, don’t eliminate the power bill.
Solar and Smart Thermostats’ Roles in Helping Nevadans Save Money
Solar, in combination with a smart thermostat, offers even more savings. The thermostat controls the amount of power used while solar generates it, covering the rest of the bill.
Those who purchase their solar array from Go Solar Group can pay off solar in 15 years or less. Because these systems have 25-year warranties, solar homeowners get a minimum of ten years of free energy.
For the first 12 to 15 years, the electric bill gets replaced with a similar fixed monthly solar bill. After paying off the array, customers only owe the NV Energy connection fee each month, about ten dollars.
How Solar Arrays Create And Utilize Extra Energy
A solar array only gathers electricity when there’s sunshine. Many solar customers stay connected to the grid because of this.
To account for the energy used at night, solar companies size the system, so it will generate the customer’s typical night usage and put it onto the grid. The utility then credits this excess solar production back to the customer at the end of the month, which offsets the cost of using the utility generated energy at night.
However, during grid failures, this form of backup won’t work. If you want to look into other storage alternatives, Go Solar Group has several backup options.