Back in the summer, my boyfriend got his first big bonus from work. We used it to take a small vacation, as well as purchased a smart thermostat. The heating and cooling company were able to install it before we went on our trip, so we could use it to monitor the heating and cooling in our condo while we were away. Not only has the smart thermostat enabled us to keep the condo perfectly comfortable for the pets while the pet sitter is in-between visits, but it’s also saved us a ton of money. I knew that it would help to lower our utility bills by managing the use of the heating and air conditioning so that its only turned on when it’s needed, however the full amount surprised me. The savings really adds up. See, not only can you access the smart thermostat from anywhere in the world–so long as you have data and a mobile device like a tablet or smartphone–but the the smart thermostat works to learn how you live. Unlike a programmable thermostat, which took us ages to properly figure out, the smart thermostat was perfect from the moment it was set up by our HVAC supplier. Instead of us teaching it how to work, it keeps track of how we adjust the heating and cooling system to learn when we get home, when we go to bed, and how to adjust the temperature control settings accordingly. It even tells us when we need HVAC maintenance as well as reminds us to change the air filter. This smart thermostat truly is worth every penny.