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Tag Archives: Energy-Efficient

[CES 2012] EverSense Is A Fancy Thermostat

By David Ponce

The company likes to call it an energy management system, but that’s a lot like calling a secretary a communications routing specialist. That’s not to say the EverSSense thermostat from Allure Energy doesn’t do a couple of nifty things, the main one of which is to keep track of your whereabouts and to turn the heat (or cold) on when you get to a certain distance of your home. This of course does save quite a bit in energy bills.

This is not all it does, otherwise why the large-ish box? Turns out that it’s also a media player that can playback music from your iPhone through small speakers on either side of it.

I’m not sure that I ever expected or even wanted my thermostat to be playing music so I find it hard to justify the $349 asking price for what is basically the strange marriage of relatively banal features. If this is your cup of tea however, expect to see it in Q2 of this year.

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Vent-Miser Programmable Energy Saving Vents

Vent-Miser 10 by 6 (Image courtesy Amazon)
By Andrew Liszewski

Central heating or cooling systems are the easiest way to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, but they can also waste quite a bit of energy when they’re pumping warm or cool air into rooms you rarely use. You can always just seal that room’s entrance with cinder blocks, drywall over the doorway and pretend it doesn’t exist anymore, or try these considerably easier to install Vent-Miser programmable vents instead.

They’re designed to easily replace the vent covers found around your home, and can be programmed to automatically open or close at set intervals for different days of the week. They don’t actually tie-in to your home’s heating or cooling system and don’t feature a thermostat, but if that guest bedroom stays unoccupied for a good part of the year, it seems like an easy way to save a few dollars on your power bill.

The Vent-Misers are available from Amazon in different sizes and colors ranging in price from $22.49 up to $27.00.

[ Vent-Miser ] VIA [ Home Improvement Ideas ]