With our new 16 SEER HVAC system came a programmable thermostat, and we’re loving it!
Did you know that properly using a programmable thermostat in your home is one of the easiest ways you can save energy, money, and help fight global warming? Programmable thermostats helps improve comfort and save money by automatically setting the thermostat at different levels for different times of the day and week. They take the homeowner out of the equation by automatically setting the thermostat down when the house in unoccupied and turning it back up so the house is cozy for the homeowner’s return. The thermostats can even “learn” how long it takes for the house to warm up, and adjust when the heating system (or cooling system) comes on based on the interior conditions.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills — nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. Homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings. Depending on your family’s schedule, you can see significant savings by sticking with those settings or adjust them as appropriate for your family. The key is to establish a program that automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don’t need as much. The Department of Energy offers the Programmable Thermostat Calculator to find out what you can save with temperatures that work for your family, so check it out!
Eddy and I installed our programmable thermostat in November 2009, so we have yet to have over one month worth of utility bills. When we get our bills this month, we’ll have at least two months worth of bills. We’ll compare the numbers from those before we installed the thermostat and share the results. Stay tuned!