Using a programmable thermostat in your home is an easy and effective way to you save energy, money, and help fight global warming.
A programmable thermostat allows you to set the times you use the heating or cooling system. The program comes with a preset schedule, which can be customized according to your family’s needs. A programmable thermostat can be set to store at least six or more temperature settings a day. This feature allows you save energy by not having the equipment running when you don’t need it, but still maintain a comfortable home environment.
To maximize your energy savings, consider your family’s schedule. If you work out of the home during the day, you don’t need the air conditioning or heating to go on when you’re not there. However, if you’re home on the weekends, then you can set the thermostat program to go on then. This is the perfect scenario for reaping the most benefits from a programmable thermostat.
Other times to consider when using a programmable thermostat are bedtime. You may want to program the thermostat to go off before bed in cold weather, but warm the area before rising in the morning.
A different schedule can be used each day, but the program can also be manually overridden if the schedule changes.
The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, much of which goes to heating and cooling. By properly installing and setting a programmable thermostat, homeowners can save nearly $200 off of those expensive bills. As a rule, experts will estimate that programmable thermostat saves in the neighborhood of 10 percent off energy bills, if used correctly.
Depending on the model, a programmable thermostat costs relatively little in the way of initial financial output. They run anywhere from $30 to $200, depending on the model and features offered. After only a year or two of usage, a programmable thermostat can pay for itself. In addition, homeowners in some areas may be eligible for rebates and incentives from utility companies and government agencies.
Consider a programmable thermostat with the ENERGY STAR ® designation to maximize the benefits. ENERGY STAR ® labeled products have been specially selected through a series of criteria to help maximize energy savings. Saving energy reduces greenhouse gas production created by energy production. In addition, programmable thermostats are eco-friendly because they don’t contain mercury, which is harmful to the environment.
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