For many homeowners, the go-to method for saving energy and reducing home heating and cooling costs is the programmable thermostat. But there’s a much better way: Meet the smart thermostat. Much more than a timer, these devices are Wi-Fi-enabled and include the latest smart technology, giving them the ability to save energy in a variety of ways. Not all smart thermostats are alike, however.

If you want to choose a product that is designed for energy savings, cost savings and environmental protection, look for the ENERGY STAR label.

ENERGY STAR-certified products have been reviewed to ensure that they reduce HVAC use in different climates across the U.S. Only ENERGY STAR smart thermostats have been independently certified to deliver energy savings. And all ENERGY STAR-certified devices feature a low-power mode when inactive for extra energy savings.

If everyone used an ENERGY STAR-certified smart thermostat, our annual savings would grow to 56 trillion BTUs of energy and $740 million per year, while offsetting 13 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Daniel Cronin
ENERGY STAR Program Manager, USEPA