One of the absolute most cost-effective ways to save money and the environment.
Heating and Cooling accounts for about 35% - 45% of a home's energy cost. You can save up to 20% when you use a programmable thermostat to reduce the temperature 5 degrees at night and 10 degrees during the day when heating, or raise it an equal amount when cooling. Install an ENERGY STAR® qualified programmable thermostat.
ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Results are already adding up. In 2006 Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR®, saved $14 billion on their utility bills, and saved enough energy to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 25 million cars.
Programmable thermostats offer savings, comfort and convenience. A programmable thermostat costs $50-$150 and can save $100-$300/household/year on heating and cooling costs while making your home more comfortable. You can save by keeping the house a little bit cooler when you’re sleeping or not home, and set a 'program' for your thermostat to follow, so you don't have to think about adjusting the temperature manually. The ROI Calculation is based on saving about $15 a month over the course of the year.
Good to Know: Set the Programmable Thermostat(s) - Over 70% of US homeowners that have programmable thermostats do not use them. This is essential to keeping a homes energy bills down. Make sure you learn about the Override and Vacation Mode programs.
To save money and stay comfortable: For the winter 'heat' go for a set point of 70° or lower, and for an unoccupied day and evening set it back to 62°. For the summer 'cool' go for a set point of 78° or higher, and for unoccupied daytime setup to at least 85° and for sleep time setup to 82°.
The location of the Thermostats(s) is key to their success in keeping any home comfortable. The height on the wall (optimal between chest and eye level) and the location in a room near exterior doors or windows can impact the readings. As well, proximity to supply and return ducts can impact the reading and cause inefficient cycling. Professional HVAC contractors can asses the optimal location for Thermostats and the opportunity for multiple zones.
Make sure to follow the directions and set your Thermostat to maximize comfort and savings.
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