On average, every degree you raise your thermostat in the summer or lower it in the winter saves two percent on your energy bill (Mary H.J. Farrell, www.consumerreports.org). How can you remember to turn the thermostat up and down several times a day? An easy solution is to install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to pre-set your heating and cooling according to your schedule. You can also set the heat to turn on an hour before you get up and an hour before you return home and then lower the temperature when you leave for work and are asleep. Not sure how to install or program a thermostat? aFewSteps.org offers free installation and programming of thermostats. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an installation.
To get the most from your thermostat follow these tips from Energy Star (Mary H.J. Farrell, www.consumerreports.org):
- Install your thermostat away from heating or cooling vents or registers, heat-generating appliances or electronics, open doorways and direct sunlight.
- When programming the thermostat, keep it set at a constant temperature for long periods of time, such as eight hours at night when you're sleeping and the same period during the day when you're at work.
- When on vacation, set the hold button at a constant temperature.
- Resist the urge to override your settings. Every time you do that, it costs you money.
- If your home has zoned heating and cooling, install a programmable thermostat in each zone, especially if parts of the house, like a college student's bedroom, are unoccupied for long periods of time.