One of the easiest ways to save up to $180 a year on average is to install and properly use a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-set your thermostat to raise and lower the temperature in your home at specific times of the day without you having to be there to do it manually. It’s much more effective than trying to remember each morning and evening to reset it yourself.
Exactly what temperature should you set your thermostat to? The Energy Star website provides these handy guidelines. In the summer you should wake to 78 degrees and set it to rise at least 7 degrees while you’re gone during the day. Then have it return to 78 by 6:00 and raise it again to be 4 degrees higher when you’re sleeping. In winter, you can set it for 70 degrees when you wake up, raise it 8 degrees while gone, returning to 70 degrees at 6:00 then down 8 degrees again while you’re asleep. You can adjust these numbers to suit yourself and your family, but that’s at least a starting point to shoot for.
If you have a programmable thermostat, follow these guidelines and watch your energy bill shrink. If you need one installed, give us a call and we’ll be there in a flash to install it, help you program it and get you saving money as soon as possible. Call us at 800-657-2158.