How To Use A Programmable Thermostat
Tips and tricks that help you save money on energy costs all year ‘round.
Programmable thermostats are a great way for you to get more control over the heating and cooling costs in your greater Pittsburgh, east Ohio, or northern West Virginia home.
So you can imagine our surprise when we came across a report that nine out of 10 Americans say that they rarely or never program their thermostat because they’re not sure how to do it.
They’re paying a steep price for not knowing. Using your programmable thermostat to manage your home’s heating and cooling can save you up to 10% — or more! — on your energy costs.
Don’t have a programmable thermostat? You really should! Not only are they reasonably priced, but you get your investment back (and then some!) in the first year thanks to the energy savings. And you’ll continue to have those savings for years to come.
Today’s smart thermostats can control your home’s heating and cooling through WiFi and your smartphone. But even if you get a simple programmable thermostat, you can enjoy energy savings if you use it right.
We’ve put together some tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to help you maximize your savings with a programmable thermostat.
Thermostat settings for winter
- Program your thermostat for 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake.
- Set the thermostat to be 10 degrees lower when you’re away from home, or asleep.
Thermostat settings for summer
- Program your thermostat to keep the central air conditioning temperature at 78 degrees when you’re at home.
- Program the thermostat to turn off your air conditioning completely when you’re away from home.
Thermostat tops for year-round savings
Timing can help you save money, too. Program your heating to go 10 degrees lower, or your air conditioning to shut off, 30 minutes before you leave the house.
Program your heating and cooling to return to your at-home setting 30 minutes before you are scheduled to get home so the house will be comfortable when you get there, and you’re not tempted to blast the heat or AC.
Set your thermostat to adjust the heating or cooling one hour before bedtime, and return it to normal 30 minutes before you wake up.
Don’t waste money over-heating or over-cooling your home when you’re on vacation! Your programmable thermostat can be set to keep your house at a temperature that keeps it safe while not wasting energy. Also, turn your water heater down to the low or vacation setting before you leave.