Save Money by Programming Your Thermostat for Winter
Saving on heating and cooling costs often means extra money in the bank as well as a healthier environment. One reliable way to pare down your heating and cooling use is through a programmable thermostat that ensures you’re not wasting precious energy dollars. By installing and using either a standard programmable thermostat or the newer smart version, which you can control remotely via smartphone, you can save up to $180 annually on your utility bills, according to Energy Star. If you worry that your family will suffer discomfort due to a cooler home environment in winter, adopt some easy strategies that make saving energy a virtually pain-free gain.
The One-Degree-a-Week Method
Adjusting your air temperature by a degree each week is a painless way to acclimate your family to the change. Say that you’re used to a constant 72 degrees in your home. Once you get your new programmable thermostat, set it at 72 to start. Then, lower that level by a single degree every seven days until you reach the temperature that makes sense for comfort as well as savings. If you can manage a five to eight degree decrease, or between 64 and 68 degrees when the family is at home, you’ll make the greatest impact on your utility bills, but even a couple of degrees makes a difference.
Time Zone Settings for Savings
Programmable controllers come preset for four times of day. Yours should have the following settings ready to go:
2. Daytime when the family is away at work or school
3. Evening when people return home
The pre-sets for wake-up and evening will typically be 70 degrees while those for daytime and sleep will be 62 or lower. If the pre-settings work for your family, that’s great, but don’t hesitate to tweak them as necessary to achieve your comfort and energy savings goals.
Tips and Tricks for Programmable Thermostats
- Maximize your winter energy savings by setting time zones of at least eight hours each.
- Help your family acclimate to slightly cooler indoor temperatures by encouraging them to layer clothing, wear slippers in the house and drink hot beverages.
- Help your home heating system work more efficiently by closing doors and heating vents in unused areas.
- Use the temporary override on your thermostat as necessary to keep your family comfortable. The setting will revert to program when the next time zone kicks in.
- When your family will be away for a few days or more, use the vacation hold feature that keeps your home at a lower but constant temperature.
Thermo Direct Can Help
In the Raleigh, N.C., region, contact Thermo Direct for more energy savings ideas. Our friendly HVAC pros can help with the installation and setup of a smart thermostat. We also provide regular furnace maintenance to keep your system running at full efficiency.