What would you say if I told you we could save you at least 20% on your monthly utility bill? Would you believe that so much savings could be realized by a part that costs less than 50 bucks? Are you willing to invest an hour of time to find out?
Benefits of Programmable Thermostats
According to the US Department of Energy, homeowners can save 10% on their heating andcooling bills by turning the thermostat down a mere 10% for the 8 hours per day that they aren’t at home. Add to this that you can optionally reduce the temperature at night during sleep and you could save 20% on your energy bill.
A programmable thermostat costs between $30 and $40 on average and can be installed in less than an hour. Once your programmable thermostat is installed, you can set it to automatically adjust the temperature for work hours and night time and realize these savings for yourself.
Think about it. What other set it and forget ways do you as a homeowner have to save 20% on costs? If only there were so simple a solution for other costs, such as mortgage, insurance, etc.
Once you get your programmable thermostat, we recommend the following winter and summer settings:
- In the winter, set it to regulate the temperature to about 70 degrees for your arrival home from work, then down to 65 for your overnight sleeping, and down to the low 60s for work hours.
- In the summer, set it to regulate the temperature to about 75 degrees for your arrival home from work, then up to 80 for your overnight sleeping, and up to the low 80s for work hours.
By just setting your system to these temperatures, you will remain comfortable during the primary evening hours, while realizing a savings of 20% or more during the times when you at rest or not at home.
Keep in mind that these are just baseline suggestions and you can change these temperatures to suit your own tastes and desired energy savings. As a good rule of thumb, if you are walking around in shorts and a t-shirt during winter or pants and a sweatshirt during the summer, you are probably going overboard on your thermostat setting.
Ultimately, it’s all a matter of personal preference, but thanks to programmable thermostats, homeowners can easily set and manage both their comfort and savings levels without ever having to lift a finger.