You can actually save energy costs with programmable thermostats. However, there are several things to keep in mind in order to realize those savings.
Energy Star estimates that approximately 45% of a home’s total energy use is used by its HVAC equipment. Based on the national average, that can be $2100 to $2500 per year, often more. A significant portion of this energy is spent on heating or cooling unoccupied areas.
Consider reducing your HVAC energy consumption during the hours you are sleeping or away from home. It is estimated that you can save 1% for every degree you lower or raise the temperature setting. Going down by every degree in the winter and up by every degree in the summer can add up. By adjusting 10 degrees, you can potentially get 10% savings during those times.
These savings can be difficult to achieve. Much depends on how you use your thermostats when you are at home or awake. These thermostats work best when set to desired temperatures during specific times of the day and then left alone. Raising or lowering the temperature can actually consume more energy.
Ideally, you should set the programmable thermostat to energy-saving temperatures.
In the winter:
– 68 degrees for occupied areas or occupied times
– 58-60 degrees during unoccupied areas or times In the summer:
– 78 degrees during occupation
– 82-85 degrees during unoccupied areas or times
By committing to these configurations, you are more likely to realize these savings. Each time the thermostat is manually adjusted, energy savings are affected and it is less likely to save energy.
Types of programmable thermostats
There are many types of programmable thermostats with constantly evolving technology. A standard programmable thermostat can range from a simple LED device to a complex digital device, depending on your preferences. There are “smart” programmable thermostats that can be controlled wirelessly. They can even “learn” your preferences and be used in conjunction with your smartphone.
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