Programmable Thermostats: Saving the Planet While Saving You Money
If you have a programmable thermostat, you can automate your heating and cooling systems to save energy when youâ€™re not at home or asleep. In winter, for example, your house can be a nippy 60ÂºF while you are at work, and thenâ€“while you are still boarding the bus for your commute back homeâ€“it can automatically move up to a toasty 68Âº or 70ÂºF. When you step in the door, the temperature is right where you want it.
If youâ€™re home all day, the benefits are not as great. But the program still helps trim your usage while youâ€™re asleep. All in all, itâ€™s a sweet dealâ€“dramatic energy savings with no sacrifice in comfort. Plus, while programmable thermostats range in cost from $40-$200, most people will save $180 per year or more using one. That means youâ€™ll get your investment back very quickly!
- Understand your system. If you have an old, do-nothing thermostat, you can easily replace it with a nifty programmable model. Just make sure the thermostat you purchase is compatible with your type of heating system. (Many do not work with heat pumps or electric resistance heating.)
- Understand your house. If your house is large, with multiple heating or cooling zones, youâ€™ll need a thermostat for each zone to maximize energy savings and comfort.