Enphase Energy’s Environ Smart Thermostat may be the future of home energy monitoring. Owners can use a web-based application on their computers or smartphones to control thermostat controls, and importantly, solar panel energy production. It works through Enphase Energy’s Internet-connected microinverters, which work in conjunction with a a solar panel to convert direct current to household alternating current (instead of using a large centralized inverter). So it’s really the first system to allow you, the homeowner, to both produce and maintain the energy use in your home. Imagine being able to create and monitor enough green energy to power your entire home — now that would be awesome. Pricing for the Environ Smart Thermostat is currently unavailable. In the meantime, there’s the Emerson Sensi – Best Smart Thermostat in a Traditional Design.

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