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Get Smart with your Thermostat By Kristol Simms, Director of Energy Efficiency, Strategy & Innovation, Ameren Illinois

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The average home spends about $2,200 a year on utility bills, with about half of that going to heating and cooling. When seeking out quick ways to save energy at home, a great first step is to look at your thermostat. At a basic level, thermostats control your home’s heating and cooling system to maintain a consistent level of comfort. Manual thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature in your home—and not much more. Programmable thermostats let you schedule changes to the temperature of your home based on the time of day or day of the week. But a smart thermostat is different. This technology can learn your behaviors, let you adjust your temperature remotely, provide valuable energy insights in real time, and save a considerable amount of energy. You can even change your thermostat settings from the comfort of your bed or couch with your smart phone!

Ameren Illinois is making it easy to upgrade to a smart thermostat and save.  Customers can receive a $100 instant rebate when they purchase and install an ENERGY STAR smart thermostat.  For more information, please visit or call 1.866.838.6918.