Go green and save money with a programmable thermostat

At a Glance

If you're on a tight budget, Honeywell's programmable thermostat will pay for itself faster than either the Venstar T5800 or the much-talked-about Nest. But it lacks many of the features (some advanced, some relatively basic) that its competitors deliver.

Price when rated: $149

Pros

  • Everything you need in one box
  • "Smart Response" technology
  • Moderate price tag

Cons

  • Primitive, ugly black-on-green touchscreen
  • No email reminders about preventative maintenance
  • No usage or energy-consumption reporting
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At a Glance

If you don't have a home-control system, the Nest is the smartest investment you can make when it comes to managing your home's interior climate.

Price when rated: $249

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Very easy to install and program
  • Excellent web portal and reporting features

Cons

  • Self-learning features are overrated
  • Slightly expensive
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At a Glance

This thermostat is packed with features, and we dig being able to display our favorite digital photos on its seven-inch screen. But it's almost as expensive as the far-superior Nest when you add the Wi-Fi module that makes it worth buying.

Price when rated: $165 (plus $55 for Wi-Fi dongle)

Pros

  • Displays digital photos on its seven-inch LCD
  • Terrific feature set
  • Great web portal

Cons

  • Ugly, additional-cost Wi-Fi dongle
  • Can't upload photos over your network
  • DIP switches!
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