SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – A programmable thermostat is a great way to save money on heating and cooling costs, which typically comprise 50 to 70 percent of overall home energy use, but it only saves money if it is being used correctly.

Many homeowners do not utilize their thermostats’ benefits due to complicated programming instructions, but ecobee Smart Thermostat eliminates that problem, according to Gabriel Carini, who recently added the product to what he offers through his San Diego heating and air conditioning repair company.

“Programming ecobee is easy with the touch screen, simple step-by-step instructions and online tutorials,” the Carini Heating And Air Conditioning owner says.

The proof is in the statistics with more than 80 percent of ecobee customers running an energy-saving program versus the 23 percent North American average. A research study showed that the average ecobee user is saving 26 percent on their energy consumption each year, which is equal to about $500. (

“Ecobee addresses what our clients are most concerned about, so we’re excited to be able to offer this option to them,” says Carini, a San Diego heating service provider.

The thermostat was officially introduced to the North American market in 2009. It went on to be named a winner three years running of the prestigious Deloitte Technology Green 15 Award, an award created in 2007 to showcase companies that are leading the way to create major breakthroughs in the field of green technology. (

The Wi-Fi-enabled ecobee also features a customized web portal, which is accessible online or via an iPhone, iPod or Android app, gives complete control over every aspect of the system, including the ability to change preferences, remotely set up a vacation schedule, modify programs, control fan settings and create alerts and service reminders. Users have access to personalized reports that helps explain their air conditioning systems’ performance and suggest ways to be more efficient and conserve energy.

Video tutorials on the website explain the basics of the thermostat and show how to navigate the options to program, make changes and use many of the functions of the thermostat. (

The system is also designed to keep up-to-date on weather changes, learn how a home’s heating and cooling system performs over time in order to adapt accordingly and can be used to control humidification or dehumidification equipment.

“You can set your system to alert you and your service technician about problems within the system and to remind you to schedule the spring and fall routine maintenance appointments or when it’s time to change the air filter,” says Carini.

The residential smart thermostat combines ease of use, convenience and energy savings with online extras that offers users a painless way to implement a savings program.