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FPL Celebrates 90th Anniversary

As we pause to enjoy the holidays, there’s another event worth celebrating. Today, December 28, Florida Power & Light Company marks 90 years of serving the state. We’ve come a long way from 1925 when our company consisted of small electric generating plants, telephone, sawmill and street car companies, a steam laundry, an ice factory, […]

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FPL's low bills deliver boost to small businesses

Florida Power & Light Company’s low bills continue to fuel more than 460,000 small and medium businesses across 35 counties in Florida. We are changing the current once again, projecting another rate decrease in 2016. “FPL’s low bills are game-changers,” said Janelle Lang, owner of Shoppe 561 in West Palm Beach. “Saving money not only allows […]

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Safety tips for Halloween

For children, the only two things to worry about for Halloween is getting a great costume and gathering heaps of candy. However for parents, along with the fun comes the need to keep kids safe while they canvas the neighborhood in the dark of night. Here are a few easy, energy-efficient tricks to make sure […]

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Ensuring Reliability

Getting your life back to normal faster after a storm

As president of Florida Power & Light Company, Eric Silagy leads the thousands of employees who bring affordable, reliable power to you every day. He’s raising his family here in the sunshine state, something that fuels his drive to always look for ways to make tomorrow better for all of us. If you’ve experienced a […]

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Old Poles Have New Life as Artificial Reefs

If you’re a local diver, angler and anyone who loves the ocean, I’ve got good news. You can now enjoy two new artificial reefs that were created using a donation of concrete FPL poles, right off the coast of St. Lucie County. Consider it  a new take on recycling! One of the things I love […]

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Restoring power -- anytime, anywhere

From time to time, you may see an FPL truck parked near your home late at night, possibly even when your power is working just fine. Don’t be alarmed. Our crews work around the clock to restore power, and they may need to work on equipment located near you to resolve an outage in your […]

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Energy Efficiency

Students see solar energy in action

Schools across Florida are using our state’s sunshine to help power classrooms and teach kids about clean energy. Through FPL’s Solar Pilot Program, nearly 100 schools and other educational facilities will be getting special solar-panel displays by the end of 2014. While installing solar panels can be out of reach for many Floridians, these facilities […]

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Patrick Agnew

About "Ask the Energy Expert"

Patrick Agnew is FPL’s In-Home Technology Program Manager. After working in energy management for 30 years, he believes the best is yet to come.

Your questions on energy-related topics can be submitted anytime to our Ask the Energy Expert blog. Just click here to submit your question, and if chosen, it will be answered here

Can smart thermostats save me money?

By Patrick Agnew

Asked on: January 26, 2016 by Sara C., Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Can a smart thermostat save me money?

Yes, we recently evaluated smart thermostats and found they can help you control your energy usage, and ultimately save money.

What is a smart thermostat?
A smart thermostat is smart technology that is connected to your home’s Wi-Fi and designed to help you control your energy usage, ultimately saving you money. It does this by providing you the option to monitor and control your home’s largest energy user right from your smartphone or tablet, wherever you are. All smart thermostats have a smartphone app available, which makes it even more convenient for you. 

Smart thermostat benefits

Smart thermostats provide customers with a number of features, including the ability to:

  • Check the temperature in your home from your mobile phone;
  • Turn the A/C on or off from anywhere, at any time;
  • Track how long your A/C runs;
  • Automatically adjust temperature settings based on your phone’s location or local weather; and,
  • Receive alerts if your home gets too hot or cold.

Also, because they are connected to the internet, smart thermostats will get even smarter over time as manufacturers make software updates. 

Having these conveniences available via your smartphone can also save you energy and money. And, in this day and age, who doesn’t want to save some money?

Learn about smart thermostats

We recently tested two types of smart thermostats in South Florida and found that both saved energy:

  1. Non-automated thermostats only change the temperature if you tell it to, either on-demand or by setting up an optional preset schedule; and,
  2. Automated thermostats observe your temperature preferences and after a learning period, program themselves.

Bottom line

Based on our research, single family homes saved, on average, 450 kWh per year or about $50.

At the end of the research conducted, our customers told us that they really appreciated the smart thermostat’s ease of use and convenience of this innovative technology.

With smart thermostats, you have the option to monitor and control your home’s largest energy user right from your smartphone, and that can definitely impact your electric bill.

More helpful tools for you

You can always see how adjusting your A/C affects your bill and find new ways to save by taking our Online Home Energy Survey. It works together with your personal Energy Dashboard to show you how much energy you use, down to the hour. 

Your safety is very important to us. If this is a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room. For non-emergencies, you can reach us during regular business hours via Facebook private message, or follow and message us on Twitter and one of our representatives will assist you. To report an outage, please call 1-800-4-Outage. Thank you and please stay safe.

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