Program Your Programmable Thermostat - Home Energy Savings For Energy Watchers

Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Program Your Programmable Thermostat
A common theme here on Energy Watcher is that you need to lower your thermostat each winter. This is simply the easiest way there is to save money on your heating bills. As I like to say, "If you're still cold when your thermostat is set to 65°F, you are not wearing enough clothes." Another common theme is that you need to install Energy Star programmable thermostats in your home. These little beauties can automatically lower the temperature while you are sleeping or at work, which can add up to big savings.

But only if you program it!

Too many people fail to take advantage of what their programmable thermostats can do for them. We have ours set to 65°F during the day and 60°F at night when we are snug in our beds with electric blankets — it is far cheaper to run an electric blanket or three than to heat the entire house overnight.

If your schedule dictates that your house will be empty during certain times or even days, you can set your programmable thermostat to turn off the heat until an hour before you return and then warm everything back up so your house is cozy when you walk in the door. Each hour your heat is turned off is money in your pocket.

But only if you program it!