We all know by now that when you save energy, you save money. One smart way for homeowners to save money on energy bills is to install programmable thermostats. Maybe you’ve heard of them but aren’t sure what they are or how they work. So, we’re going to spend some time in the next few posts talking about these handy little energy-saving devices.
Most homes, especially older ones, still use manual thermostats to control room temperature. You set it to the desired temperature and let the system bring the space to that temperature. It works fine, as long as you don’t mind that you’re heating or cooling your home to that temperature while you’re away, or if you don’t mind having to remember to change the setting yourself. The problem with manual thermostats in today’s energy-conscious age is that they require the homeowner to take care of adjusting them for maximum energy savings.
What if you leave for a few days and forget to turn down the thermostat? Your furnace is working hard to keep an empty house comfortable. How about waking up to cold rooms because you turned it down the night before? Programmable thermostats eliminate the hassle of having to manually change temperature settings. They are a convenient way to save significantly on your energy costs without sacrificing comfort.
Simply by using a programmable thermostat, the average homeowner can save around 10% per year on heating and cooling costs. By setting your thermostat to maintain the desired temperature for four or five hours a day instead of 24 hours, it will pay for itself in energy savings within four years. To take advantage of these savings, you put the thermostat on a pre-set schedule. This type of thermostat can store and repeat multiple daily settings, which means that you can program it to maintain several different temperatures during the day.
Energy Star qualified models adhere to even stricter standards regarding energy efficiency. So, ask us if one of these units is a good option for you.
Join us next time when we talk about the features of programmable thermostats, and how you can the greatest energy savings from yours.
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