How to Make Friends with Your Thermostat
Depending on how you use your thermostat, you could either be saving yourself a lot of money… or costing yourself extra in heating and cooling bills. Whether you’re experiencing the coldest or hottest months of the year, you can make use of these easy thermostat tricks to maximize your savings.
During Warmer Months…
Raise your indoor temperature by only a few degrees while you’re at home. This can reduce your monthly cooling/heating bill by as much as $20!
When you’re not at home, instead of shutting off your AC completely, raise the temperature just a few more degrees. In this way, you’ll still be keeping your home at a fairly even temperature, and you won’t return home to an incredibly uncomfortable temperature either.
Pro Tip: You’ll save 1-3% on your energy bill for each degree above 72 degrees Fahrenheit that you set your thermostat.
During Colder Months…
Lower your indoor temperature by only a few degrees while you’re at home. You can make it even a little colder while everyone sleeps (around 68 degrees Fahrenheit). Not only will this reduce the cost of heating your home, but a cooler temperature at night can also improve the quality of your sleep.
While no one is at home, you can set your thermostat even lower. If your home uses an electric heat pump, only make a 3-5 degree adjustment. If your home uses a gas heater, then you can make a 10-15 degree adjustment without expending a lot of extra energy to warm up your house again.
Pro Tip: Before lowering your thermostat below 72 degrees Fahrenheit, check the weather report to see if the weather might reach freezing temperatures in your area. If that is the case, you do NOT want to set your thermostat lower than 72 degrees, or else your pipes may burst.
The Best Year-Round Tip…
Invest in a programmable thermostat. This will be one of the most effective ways to shave money off of your heating and cooling costs.
Beyond simply detecting and regulating the temperature in your home, programmable thermostats give you precise control over what temperature you’d like your home to be and on what schedule you’d like your thermostat to run.
Pro Tip: Programmable thermostats are available at multiple price points, making them suitable for even tighter household budgets. Whether you purchase smart thermostat technology, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, or opt for a simpler programmable model, you’ll still be able to benefit from having an enhanced ability to control your HVAC system.
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