How To Save Money During Tough Economic Times

Homeowners are constantly looking for ways to lower their monthly bills, especially in this economic environment. Programmable thermostats are a quick, easy and incredibly convenient way to accomplish this goal.

A programmable thermostat helps regulate your home’s temperature in both summer and winter, when you are asleep or away.

Let’s talk dollars and cents:

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, The average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills. Nearly half of this goes to heating and cooling. Homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings.  The pre-programmed settings that come with Energy Star qualified programmable thermostats are intended to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort. Depending on your family’s schedule, you can see significant savings by sticking with those settings or adjust them to what is appropriate for your family.  The main objective is to establish a program that automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don’t need as much.

HEAT

COOL

Morning

6:00AM

70°

75°

(Wake Up)

Comfort

Day

8:30AM

60°

85°

(School/Work)

Savings

Evening

3:00PM

70°

75°

(Children Home)

Comfort

Night

11:00PM

65°

80°

(Sleeping)

Savings

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It’s a matter of convenience:

Besides cutting down on your energy bills, programmable thermostats add a significant convenience factor to the comfort of your home, and save you money without lifting a finger (well maybe one finger!). Basically you are customizing how you heat or cool your home. So turn down your heat while you’re at work during the day, and have it set to turn it back on an hour before you return. That is 8 hours of saved energy and saved dollars. Also, you may prefer a cooler environment while you sleep. You may curl up under a blanket which alleviates the necessity for cranking the heat as much during waking hours. With a programmable thermostat, you can lower the heat for an hour after you go to bed until an hour before you wake up. You’ll never be able to tell when your feet hit that bathroom tile floor in the morning! Similarly, on a summer night, set your cooling temperature higher and crack the windows for a wonderful cross breeze. These types of ideas are a start to really preventing wasted energy and unnecessarily high energy bills.

The big wasters, rooms that aren’t used:

If your house is zoned, programmable thermostats give you the option to turn off the heat or air conditioning in unused areas of your home. There are probably rooms that you don’t use on a daily basis. A guest room normally gets heated or cooled with the rest of the house. But there’s nobody there.  Maybe you’re not always using the basement. These are just a few examples.

Whether your house is zoned or not, you can use this same concept for your entire home, while you’re at work or away on vacation. You can program your thermostat to go back on a few hours before your get home. 

A Few Tips:

-Many programmable thermostats have variety of pre-programmed settings to choose from.  If your thermostat has this feature, it is better not to override these settings and create your own, since you could end up using more energy. Research has shown that the pre-programmed settings are the most useful.

-If you have a heat pump system, you may require a special kind of programmable thermostat to maximize your energy savings. It’s best to talk to an HVAC specialist to figure out what works best for your home.

-Make sure your air conditioning and furnace filter are clean. If your system isn’t working properly, check to make sure that the filter is clean, since that could be causing the problem.

-Programmable thermostats won’t lessen the load on an old furnace or heating/cooling system. It will simply limit the time that it is being used. Your system will work the same way is always has, except the run time will efficiently differ.

A Final Word:

There is a lot of value with the installation of a programmable thermostat. You can ensure the comfort of you and your family by personalizing your heating/cooling system to your preferences or needs, all while saving money in the process. And in this economic environment, who can’t stand to save a few dollars?

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