You would be surprised at how much energy your home uses just to lower and raise the temperature to a comfortable degree. Every time you use energy in your home, you affect how much your next energy electric or gas bill will be. Forgetting to lower the temperature in your home when you’re away on vacation or when your home is unoccupied during the day can significantly add up over time.
One of the best ways to combat this problem is to invest in programmable thermostats. Programmable thermostats control your home’s temperature when you’re not there to do it yourself.
With built-in timers, programmable thermostats can be set to lower the temperature when you’ve left for work and to bring it back up again before you return home. Although you never actually notice the temperature change, lowering the heating in your home while you’re not in it can save you major money during the winter months.
Additionally, you can set programmable thermostats to lower the heating in your home at the time you usually go to bed. Since you’ll be snuggled up under blankets, why not save some dollars by lowering the overall temperature a few degrees? Your thermostat can then be set to raise the temperature before you wake up so you never feel chilly when you step out of bed.
Saving money by using programmable thermostats is easy. All you have to do is:
- Set your thermostat to lower the temperature 10 minutes after you typically leave work and to raise it again 20 to 30 minutes before you return. This way, your home will be sufficiently heated to a comfortable temperature before you get back.
- If you’re going on vacation, override your daily settings to keep your home at a consistent lower level. Don’t shut it down completely so your pipes don’t freeze, but keep the temperature low enough to save money.
- Program different settings for weekdays and weekends. Since you typically won’t leave the house at the same time on the weekend as you would on a weekday, set your programmable thermostats so that the temperature is constant and comfortable during those days.
If you would like to start using a programmable thermostat, call us at Acosta Heating and Cooling in Charlotte, North Carolina. We can help you install and set your programmable thermostats so that they work right and help you save money on your utility bills.