Programmable Thermostat Energy Savings
When we moved into our current house, it did not have a programmable thermostat. Every day, I had to remember to adjust the thermostat when we woke up in the morning, left the house, and went to bed. I knew that homeowners spend over 50% of their utility bill on heating and cooling their homes and that programmable thermostat energy savings could help reduce our heating and cooling costs, so I started to research them.
My research showed that, according to Energy Star, a programmable thermostat can save you $180 per year. Seeing as how programmable thermostats only cost between $30-$100, depending on the various features available in the thermostat, it was a no-brainer to buy one and install it in our home. I finished my research and bought a Honeywell programmable thermostat for under $40.
Once I received the thermostat, I had to install it. Luckily, it was pretty easy. I had our programmable thermostat installed and programmed it in only about 30 minutes.
Our programmable thermostat allows us to set the temperature for 5 different times of the day, each day of the week. It also differentiates between the work week and the weekends, so you can have different settings for Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday.
Once common misconception is that, when you reduce the temperature on your thermostat for only a few hours it will cause your heating system to have to work harder to bring your home back up to the desired temperature. This is not true. Your heating system uses less energy even when your house has to warm back up from a cooler temperature.
Programmable thermostat energy savings mean that you save money and reduce your energy use, which also reduces your carbon emissions. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat in your home, considering installing one. It can make your life easier, cut your carbon emissions and save you up to 20% off of your heating and cooling bill.
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