Programming your thermostat to save money

Ever forget to turn off your heating or AC when leaving the house? How about having to get up in the middle of the night to turn the heat off because it’s too hot? Or what about waking up to a chilly 55 degree morning, only to be overheated in a sweater at 70 degrees by lunchtime? Wild temperature fluctuations are par for the course in the fall months, but trying to match that temperature can leave your home’s temperature always in flux, and your energy bill climbing steadily. Most people know that turning your thermostat off when you leave the house or spending less time adjusting your thermostat can save you money, as much as 10-15% on your electric bill, but forgetting to adjust your thermostat can keep you paying more without ever finding the perfect temperature for your home.

The solution to this is simple. Programmable thermostats do the work for you, automatically adjusting. Kind of like a crockpot, you can just set it and forget it! According to Energy Star, capitalizing on the best uses of a programmable thermostat, you could save up to $180 a year! Want to save even more money? Many utility companies offer rebates for switching to programmable thermostats; ask the professionals at BNG about rebates in your area.

How to use an energy-saving programmable thermostat.

  1. Program the thermostat to either adjust the temperature or turn off when everyone leaves for work, and to turn back on 20 to 30 minutes before everyone arrives home.
  2. Program the thermostat to adjust the temperature (down if you’re heating the house, and up if you’re cooling it) 20 to 30 minutes after you fall asleep. You should also set it to adjust back within 30 minutes of waking up. Although this may sound a little odd, you won’t notice slight temperature changes like this while you’re sleeping.
  3. Program different settings on the weekends than you would on the weekdays. Having your home warmer than usual in the summer is fine while you’re at work, but you shouldn’t be uncomfortable while you’re home all day!
  4. All thermostats come with an “override” setting, so you can manually adjust the thermostat, no matter your program settings.
  5. If you’re planning on going out of town, most thermostats come with a “vacation/hold” setting that you can use to adjust the temperature for longer periods of time. Be careful about winter vacations, though, and make sure you don’t allow your home’s temperature to fall too low. If your home goes below 55 degrees, your pipes could freeze.
  6. If your thermostat is battery operated, don’t forget to change them at least once a year!

Along with regular HVAC maintenance, we can help you install and program your new smart thermostat! If you’d like more information on what you can do to save money and energy in your home, contact us today.

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