How you can save with a Programmable Thermostat

Discover how you can reduce your use of heating and cooling energy with a programmable thermostat.

Posted by Guest Blogger on August 12, 2013

Did you know that installing a programmable thermostat in your home could reduce your use of heating and cooling energy, saving you around ten to 30 percent on your utility bills?

I will run you through a simple strategy to help you save on utility costs while using your current thermostat. Studies show that if you change your thermostat by one degree during an eight hour period every night, you can save one percent on your energy bill. For example, if you go to bed at ten every night, set your thermostat back seven degrees and wake up at six every morning, you will save approximately seven percent on your energy bill. To further increase savings, you can install a programmable thermostats help you save.

Here is some more general information on programmable thermostats:

-Many programmable thermostats are priced at less than $100, so the return on investment is very short.
-Installing a new programmable thermostat can be a simple weekend project that only takes an hour or so.
-Programmable thermostats are very common and can be found at most hardware and home improvement stores.

In addition, some thermostats have several timing options that can adjusted for five to seven days a week, while others can even be adjusted up to four times a day. Even better than that, some of these thermostats can be connected to your Wi-Fi network at home and you can remotely activate the thermostat from your smart phone! Although programmable thermostats connected to a Wi-Fi network may be more complicated to setup for the beginner, WH Security can help you get started. For more information, visit WH Security's thermostat page.

Also, check out your current thermostat. You may already have a programmable one and may not be using it. Even if you don’t have a programmable thermostat, try turning the temperature back one or two degrees to save energy. Chances are that you won’t even notice a change in your home, but you may see a change in your energy use. For more energy saving ideas check out the WH energy saving page with many helpful links.

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