Energy Savings can be as simple as installing a programmable thermostat in your home.
You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. (If you have a heat pump, don’t do this without a programmable thermostat). You can do this by using a programmable thermostat and scheduling the times you turn on the heating or air conditioning. As a result, the equipment doesn’t operate as much when you are asleep or not at home.
Programmable thermostats can store multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.
If you’re also feeling the chill from the newly cold weather and have been tempted to crank up the heat, it might be time for a refresher on the best way to set your thermostat for money and energy savings. Your own adjustment may take a little time, but adjusting your thermostat to the correct settings will help avoid the temptation of higher settings and save money — especially if you have a programmable thermostat.
How can a programmable thermostat keep you from succumbing to the temptation of higher temperatures? By allowing you to “set it and forget it,” a programmable thermostat allows you to set temperatures based on the times you are normally home and your habits — and then you almost never have to bother with it.
Here’s how a weekday schedule might look for a family with adults and children that are out of the house all day for work and school:
- 6:45 a.m.: The family wakes up to get ready for the day. The temperature of the house is 68°F; the heat automatically turned on a bit earlier so it would hit this temperature by 6:30.
- 7:45 a.m.: The family leaves the house and the thermostat is set to 56°F. By turning their thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, the family can save 5% to 15% a year on their heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.
- 4:30 p.m.: The family starts returning home from work and school. The heat turned back on a bit before this so the house would again be 68°F for their return.
- 10:30 p.m.: The whole family has gone to bed (bundled in warm pajamas and snuggled under blankets), and the thermostat is again set to 56°F.
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