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When you are gone during the day, it doesn't make sense to keep an empty house comfortable. Make sure your home is ready when you arrive by installing and programming your thermostat.
According to Energy Star, a programmable thermostat makes it easy for you to save by offering four pre-programmed settings to regulate your home's temperature in both summer and winter. Nearly half of your electric bill is spent on heating and cooling. Homeowners can save about $180 per year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings. Energy Star states, on average, for every degree you set back your thermostat, you can save 2% on your energy bill.
Tips for setting your programmable thermostat:
Have a certified HVAC professional or electrician install your programmable thermostat to ensure proper installation.
For your thermostat to function properly, it should be located away from any sources of cold or heat. Install your unit on an interior wall, away from heating or cooling vents and other sources of heat or drafts (doorways, windows, A/C vents, heating vents and direct sunlight).
It is a common misconception that it takes more energy to heat up a cold house than it does to keep a house warm all the time. Turning down the thermostat will always save energy, as will turning up the air conditioner temperature setting. According to Energy Star, heat moves from hot to cold, and the rate of heat transfer increases with greater temperature differences between inside and out. Smaller temperature differences between your house and outside generally means you'll lose less heat (or air conditioning) from inside the house to the outside. Therefore, you will save energy by only heating or cooling as much as necessary, for the occupants and the time of day.