Save Money and Energy with a programmable thermostat

You can save about $180 a year by using programmable thermostat.

Using a programmable thermostat can help you save on heating and cooling costs in your home. The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills - nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling.  Homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings. The amount of energy it will save will depend on things such as the setback duration, and number of degrees the temperature is decreased during nonpeak hours.

For heating, you can try the “6-8” thermostat setting method.  Set your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.  This temperature is considered an optimum energy conserving setting for most homes.  When you’re away or sleeping for 6 to 8 hours, reduce the thermostat setting by 6 to 8 degrees.  Whether turning the thermostat back manually, or by using an automatic setback thermostat, you will save energy and allow yourself reduced heating bills.

When deciding what unit will work best for you, think about ease of programming the thermostat and your home schedule.  While a properly set programmable thermostat will allow you to set it and leave it, if it is difficult for the user to set/reset or is set improperly, it can actually end up costing more in energy cost.  Make sure to select a thermostat that you understand and can properly adjust to your household lifestyle.

Programmable thermostats come with customized preset options for seven-day schedules and variations on five-day schedules with alternate weekend programs.  These thermostats also can be purchased with options that include digital displays, phone or voice programming, vacation features, hold features and heating and cooling systems malfunction indicators.   Think about your lifestyles needs and choose the thermostat that offers you the most convenience for your budget.

For more information on programmable thermostats and energy conservation ideas go to:

http://www.energysavers.gov

http://www.energystar.gov/

http://www.extension.org/home_energy