How to Get the Most Out of Your Thermostat

The average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills! Half of that goes directly to keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Yet you could probably save $200 or more each year by properly programming your thermostat!

It’s true! Programmable thermostats didn’t replace the old dial thermostats because they look better. No, they possess superior technology—technology that can save you money! If you have a digital thermostat in your home, here are some tips on how you can better use it to your advantage:

Take the Time to Set It

Most programmable thermostats come with different temperature settings for different times of the day. For example, you can have different temperatures for when you wake up and for when everyone is gone for the day. By adjusting and implementing these settings based on your family’s needs, you can maximize your energy savings!

Plan Before You Program

Consider your family’s schedule and comfort level when deciding on your preprogrammed-temperature settings—once it’s set, you shouldn’t touch it. Overriding the programming wastes energy and money. Use the recommended energy-saving-temperature settings as a starting point. Then, if need be, change the overall settings to fit your family’s needs!

Protect Your Settings

Resist the urge to override temperature settings. Once you’ve set your thermostat, leave it alone. Overriding preprogrammed-temperature settings is a common mistake made by homeowners, which results in higher energy bills and discomfort!

Cash in on Comfort

Raising or lowering your thermostat to extreme temperatures won’t heat or cool your home faster. It just makes your HVAC system work harder. When a programmable thermostat is used properly, your home is always at a comfortable temperature!

Check Your Batteries

Don’t forget to change the batteries once a year to maintain your settings. Not all programmable thermostats indicate when batteries must be changed!

Get Out the Manual

Break out your thermostat’s manual and give it a read. The manual will explain how you can properly set and maintain your thermostat for optimal savings. If you don’t have the manual, visit the manufacturer’s website from where you can likely download an electronic version of your model’s manual. By using your programmable thermostat properly, you’ll find yourself saving energy immediately. In doing so, you’re saving yourself money while helping the environment!

These tips will improve the amount of energy your heating and cooling system uses.