If you are looking for a simple, affordable way to curb your energy usage, a programmable thermostat may be just the ticket. By setting the thermostat to adjust the temperature according to your schedule, you can lower your annual heating costs dramatically, while simultaneously reducing your carbon footprint.
There are countless different models of programmable thermostats on the market, and knowing which one to choose can get a little confusing. Ask yourself the following questions to help narrow down the selection:
- Does it offer enough flexibility to handle your schedule? Consider how many days per week your schedule changes, as well as how many times per day you need to be able to adjust the temperature.
- Do you need any special features? Before purchasing a thermostat, determine what, if any, special requirements you have, and then look for features that can fill those needs.
Setting the Thermostat for Savings
No matter which programmable thermostat you choose, you need to set it correctly in order to save energy. Use the following tips to maximize your savings:
- Follow the Energy Star guidelines. Energy Star is a program created by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to help consumers save energy. In the winter, Energy Star recommends setting your temperature back by eight degrees while your house is empty or while you are sleeping. In the summer, set your thermostat seven degrees higher while your house is empty and four degrees higher while you are sleeping.
- Avoid too many temperature changes. Although you may be tempted to micromanage your thermostat settings to match your schedule perfectly, you will save more money by leaving the temperature set at an energy-saving level as long as possible. Ideally, you should leave the temperature set higher or lower for no less than eight hours at a time. By doing so, you can save as much as 15 percent on your energy costs annually.
Programmable thermostats provide an excellent way to save energy without having to sacrifice your comfort. If you live in the Indianapolis area and would like to learn more about these thermostats, contact us at Mowery Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing.
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