Weekend Energy Saver: Let’s Turn Down the Heat
23 Oct, 2009
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TGIF! Time to reveal another way to save energy. To piggy back on what we discussed last week, properly installing and using a programmable thermostat in your home is an easy way to save energy and money! Remember that the cleanest energy is the energy you don’t waste.
By using a programmable thermostat in your home, it is easy to pre-program settings to regulate your home’s temperature. Depending on your family’s schedule, the thermostat can be set to properly adjust your homes temperature as to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort. According to the US Department of Energy, each household can save approximately 10% a year on heating and cooling bills by turning back the thermostat 10°–15° for eight hours. By using a programmable thermostat, you can pre-set a schedule and adjust when you want to turn on and off your heating or air-conditioning based on when you are sleeping or not in your home.
Energy star qualified programmable thermostats come with pre-programmed set-points as a guide to help setup your thermostat.
|Setting||Time||Setpoint Temperature (Heat)||Setpoint Temperature (Cool)|
|Wake||6:00 a.m.||≤ 70° F||≥ 78° F|
|Day||8:00 a.m.||Setback at least 8° F||Setup at least 7° F|
|Evening||6:00 p.m.||≤ 70° F||≥ 78° F|
|Sleep||10:00 p.m.||Setback at least 8° F||Setup at least 4° F|
Time Required: 2 Hours
Materials Needed: Energy Star Programmable Thermostat and manual that comes with it.
4) If you would rather not purchase a new thermostat you can still save with your manual thermostat. You can manually adjust your thermostat before you go to bed or leave your home.
Turning your heating or cooling system way up or down with not heat or cool your home any faster. It will however make your system work harder…using more energy.