Smart thermostats allow for more detailed management of HVAC systems by letting customers customize their settings based on environmental conditions and occupant schedules.

New models can learn and determine preferred settings over time and proactively adjust to the needs of occupants. When there are no occupants, smart thermostats can automatically shift into an “Away” or “Unoccupied” mode to reduce HVAC system output and improve energy efficiency. Many utilities (including ComEd and Ameren) have incentives for installing smart, or at least programmable, thermostats.

 

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Citizen’s Utility Board

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