As we start turning on those A/C units once again, it’s worthwhile to take a moment to think about how we are going to save this year. The utility bills add up, and with all the new smart home inventions revealing themselves, let’s see which device will actually give back.

Mistbox is a Kickstarter item that raised well over its funding goal. It’s a product that is said to save energy and is supposedly proven to reduce A/C bills by 30%. With this in mind, the company raises an interesting idea about smart thermostats: what happens if you teach it bad habits or don’t take the time to teach it at all? With Mistbox, you won’t need to change any daily habits and simply need to install, track, and save.

Based on a typical 3-ton A/C unit in Florida, research found the standard average annual cost to cool your home is $820. Mistbox would decrease that number by $320 minus the $99 Mistbox subscription fee. Still, that’s a very nice amount of savings per year.

The team at Mistbox takes it a bit further to say the environmental impact by 2030 would be the same reduction in CO2 as if we were to take 5 billion cars off the road.

What’s great about Mistbox is that it’s compatible with any A/C system by simply attaching to it in minutes. It uses evaporative cooling to pre-cool the intake air, which makes your A/C more efficient. The resulting efficiency boost means shorter run times and savings of 20-38% on your cooling bills.

The device uses sensors to determine when the A/C unit is running, so there’s no need for any wired connection. On top of knowing when to use mist, it allows Mistbox to monitor the health of your system. And don’t worry, only pennies in water are used for this feature.

Mistbox is powered by the exhaust of your A/C unit, which could make for an amazing constant source of energy. A mobile app is also available that tracks usage and pulls custom, real-time reporting. Your smartphone will visually display your daily savings.

So why is Mistbox implementing a subscription? The upside here is that it includes everything you need, like the filters, and it also comes with a lifetime warranty. When it’s time for a filter replacement, the device lets the manufacturer know about it and they’ll send a replacement your way immediately. In addition, if you decide to cancel your service, there is no fee.

Mistbox is available for pre-order on Kickstarter at $89 for an early bird annual subscription, with expected delivery this August. Special for Kickstarter backers, the $39 activation fee is waived. Includes 1 year of Mistbox service, unlimited replacement water filters, and a lifetime warranty, along with the devices themselves.

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