Thermostat Buyer's Guide
ENERGY STAR© estimates the average U.S. homeowner can save up to $180 per year by programming their thermostat properly. Some studies show that smart thermostats can save even more.Learn More
New smart thermostats can potentially reduce how much energy you consume, which keeps both your wallet and the environment happier. How much can you save? According to the Department of Energy, when programmed properly, you can reduce your energy bills from 5% - 15% per year by using a set back method (programming your thermostat to change the temperature setting automatically during set times like at night or during the work day). To put that in terms of dollars and cents, ENERGY STAR® estimates you could see as much as $180 in savings per year on your energy bills, depending on your thermostat.
Plus, smart thermostats like the Nest learning thermostat or The Simple Thermostat by EcoFactor can learn your schedule to automate savings for you. It's one of the reasons Nest was the first thermostat in America to receive the ENERGY STAR® certification since the EPA sunsetted the label for programmable thermostats in 2009.
You can control your smart thermostat on-the-go from a variety of devices, like your smartphone or tablet. Setting your temperature becomes as easy as opening an app or for some of the latest models, using voice-control. If you prefer to automate your home, you can simply program the temperature once and let the thermostat take over from there.Learn More
Most new smart thermostats offer touchscreen displays, which many homeowners find more attractive, modern and easier to use than the buttons and levels of older thermostat models. Buttons and dials can be difficult to see in the dark and lead to imprecise temperature settings. Touchscreen displays allow you to quickly choose and set an exact temperature. Some devices, like the Nest Learning Thermostat, light up when they sense you've entered the room, making it easy for you to find your thermostat in the dark. If you want to ditch using your hands all together, get voice control with ecobee4, which now comes with Amazon Alexa Voice Service. Use Google Home to control the Nest thermostat or integrate your Amazon Alexa and Echo with your Honeywell Lyric™ T5+ Thermostat or The Simple Thermostat by EcoFactor.
Many new thermostats provide useful information about your HVAC system, such as the status of your filter or alerting you to problems with the system. These insights enable you to take immediate corrective actions that can help avoid problems before they happen and may save you money by ensuring your system is running as efficiently as possible.Learn More
Nest, ecobee, The Simple Thermostat by EcoFactor and some Honeywell smart thermostats have the ability to set alerts to notify you via email or an online dashboard when there is a problem with your heating or cooling equipment, and if your home is getting too hot or too cold as a result. They can also send you automatic service reminders, like to change an air filter, to help you properly maintain your equipment and avoid future problems.
The next step in fitting your home with a new thermostat involves figuring out whether your heating and cooling system(s) are compatible. Many device manufacturers have an easy way to check your compatibility before you purchase.Learn More
First, remove the cover from your current thermostat and make a list or take a picture of the different colored wires.
Second, open up one or more of the following links to check compatibility. Clicking this link will take you to the manufacturer's website. Return to PSE&G Marketplace to purchase:
- Leave PSE&G Marketplace—ecobee compatibility check
- Leave PSE&G Marketplace—Nest compatibility check
- Leave PSE&G Marketplace—Honeywell compatibility check
- Leave PSE&G Marketplace—The Simple Thermostat by EcoFactor compatibility check
Selecting the Right Thermostat
Ready to upgrade your smart thermostat? Now it's time to figure out which device is best for your home. There are a number of factors to consider when comparing devices and manufacturers so take a look at the side-by-side comparison of recommended models and refer to the product feature descriptions below.
|Built-in Voice Control||Works with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant||Learns Over Time||ENERGY Usage Report||Comes with Remote Sensors||Remote Sensor Compatibility||Maintenance Alerts / Reminders||*C-wire Not Required (or c-wire kit is included)||Energy Star Certified||Geo-fencing Capability||Manufacturer's Warranty|
|Nest Learning Thermostat||2 years|
|Nest Thermostat E||1 year|
|ecobee3 lite||3 years|
|Honeywell Lyric T5+||
|The Simple Thermostat by EcoFactor||2 years|
*A C-wire, also known as a common wire, is necessary to provide constant power to your thermostat. This video from Honeywell may help you determine whether or not you have an existing C-wire.