I recently moved to a new city and have been apartment hunting. I was looking for modern amenities that generally come included in a newer building. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that many of the apartment buildings here are equipped with the conveniences I was looking for as well as upgraded appliances. The biggest surprise I found was that so many buildings include a smart thermostat in their units. A smart thermostat is important to me for many reasons. First, I am environmentally conscious but I also like to be comfortable. I don’t want a thermostat that is preprogrammed to turn on and off at certain times because my schedule changes all the time. But I also don’t want to waste energy by having my air conditioning or heat on all the time. So to be able to turn my heat up or my air conditioning down when I am on my way home is a huge benefit to me. I don’t have to feel guilty about wasting energy but I can still walk into a perfectly heated or cooled home. The second reason is because I have pets. If, when I leave the house it is a reasonable temperature, then I often don’t turn the heat or A/C on. But if the day gets unexpectedly hot or cold then it is a huge benefit to be able to pick up my phone and make sure the temperature in my house is safe for my pets. Having a smart thermostat can save money and help preserve our planet.