Small and mighty savers!

Want to save energy in winter and summer? You don’t have to get a new heating system to get started.

Installing a better thermostat is a simple, effective first step that makes better use of your energy dollar* and helps ensure your home stays just how you like it. So you can power your day, your way.

It’s also one way renters in single-family homes can make a small investment to control costs.**

The latest options

Wireless and smart thermostats open up a whole new world of control and savings.

For example, imagine turning your system off from the airport before you head out on vacation – using your phone.

Or how about getting a check from PGE for letting your thermostat use less energy when other people are using more?

There are lots of choices in thermostats, so before you buy, figure out which type is best for you.


  • After some basic initial programming, these thermostats learn your behavior and patterns and continually adjust to maximize savings and comfort.

  • Proven energy savings (Nest PGE says 10 to 15 percent; EcoBee PGE says up to 23 percent)

  • Connect to other smart home devices

  • Easy to install

  • May qualify for PGE programs that pay you to use less when others are using more.

  • May qualify for Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives.


  • Upfront cost is higher than with other thermostats

Typical cost: $169 to $250

Common brands: Nest, EcoBee

*According to Energy Trust of Oregon, when you install a smart thermostat, you could save $35-$45 a year on heating costs. If you have a heat pump, you can save even more — about $70 on heating and cooling costs.

These thermostats work for central heating and cooling – not for room by room heat such as ductless heat pumps or electric wall heaters, baseboard heating or cable ceiling heat.

**Be sure to check with your landlord before installing a new thermostat.

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