When you hear saving energy, what comes to mind? Turning off the lights when you leave a room, maybe? Or how about things like taking shorter showers and limiting your use of electronics? Those are definitely good ways to save energy, but they can be a little inconvenient and may be hard to remember. Fortunately, there’s a better way to save as much as 33% on your energy bills – and it’s so easy you won’t even notice it’s happening!
Installing a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat is one of the absolute easiest ways to save big on your energy bills every month. A programmable thermostat takes one of the most effective, though arguably most inconvenient, ways to save considerable amounts of energy – adjusting your thermostat – and makes it literally effortless.
Basically, a programmable thermostat works like this:
First, you need to program your temperature presets. Generally, you’ll want to make no more than two to three – any more than this and the programmable thermostat’s efficiency won’t count for much. Most people set one preset for when everyone is at work or school, one for when they are home and one for when everyone is asleep.
After that, you can just let the thermostat go! It will automatically adjust the temperature to your presets, allowing you to control the temperature in your house without ever touching the thermostat yourself.
How a Programmable Thermostat Can Save You Money
So a programmable thermostat can change the temperature in your house automatically. That’s great, but so what? Can that really save you that much money?
In short – yes! Think about it this way – studies have shown that every one degree that you can lower your thermostat during the spring and summer can help reduce your overall energy bills by 3% over the course of the season.
Better yet, most newer models of programmable thermostat offer what are called “vacation overrides.” Basically, if you are going on vacation you don’t need your thermostat to operate based on your usual settings. For times like these, you can temporarily set your thermostat at a constant, higher temperature, boosting your energy savings even higher!
How to Get the Most Out of Your Programmable Thermostat
The best thing about programmable thermostats is that they are pretty much “set and forget” appliances. That said, there are a number of things you can do to make sure your programmable thermostat saves you as much money as possible:
Make sure your programmable thermostat is installed in the right place. For best results, install your programmable thermostat on an interior wall away from any heating or cooling elements (including heating or cooling registers, windows, doors, fireplaces, bright lamps, etc). This will ensure an accurate reading and make sure your programmable thermostat provides you maximum efficiency.
Try to keep your presets limited to two or three at the most. If you change it too often it will cause your air conditioner to short cycle, significantly decreasing its efficiency. Also, don’t try to crank the thermostat down if you want to cool off faster – doing this won’t affect the rate of cooling (this applies to all thermostats, not just programmable thermostats).
If you want an easier way to have maximum control over your home’s temperature while saving a lot of money on your air conditioning bills this summer, call All Seasons Heating & Cooling and ask about installing a programmable thermostat today!