By The General - March 26, 2014
My former wife loves to take expensive vacations. We live in Ohio, which doesnâ€™t exactly have extravagant places to see unless you like to watch grass growing or interstate construction. While we make OK money, Iâ€™m convinced she felt the need to single handedly improve the US economy by taking elaborate vacations: Broadway shows in New York City, gambling in Las Vegas, Spaâ€™s in Arizona, sightseeing in San Francisco. The airlines know me so well they ask about my dog when I call to make reservations. His name is Fred.
In my attempt to try and save whatever I could so the princess could have her nice things I bought this Honeywell Wi-Fi enabled device so I could adjust the HVAC while we were away piling up massive amounts of debt on Mickey Mouse watches. I thought we could save a few bucks by keeping the temp cool in the winter and warm in the summer. The device was easy to install. I did not have the â€śblueâ€ť connector so I had to re-purpose the green one - this required an adjustment to the actual HVAC unit in our home. There are plenty of videos on Youtube to demonstrate how to do this. Within an hour I was up and running.
The device works flawlessly. You can adjust the temp from anywhere you have a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. Little did I know that my ex had found someone that had a bit more money than I did and decided to make other travel plans. Those plans included her no longer being my wife and finding a new travel partner (Carl, a banker). She took the house, the dog and a good chunk of my 401k, but didnâ€™t mess with the wireless access point or the Wi-Fi enabled Honeywell thermostat.
Since this past Ohio winter has been so cold Iâ€™ve been messing with the temp while the new love birds are sleeping. Doesnâ€™t everyone want to wake up at 7 AM to a 40 degree house? When they are away on their weekend getaways, I crank the heat up to 80 degrees and back down to 40 before they arrive home. I can only imagine what their electricity bills might be. It makes me smile. I know this wonâ€™t last forever, but I canâ€™t help but smile every time I log in and see that it still works. I also canâ€™t wait for warmer weather when I can crank the heat up to 80 degrees while the love birds are sleeping. After all, who doesnâ€™t want to wake up to an 80 degree home in the middle of June?