There are all kinds of thermostats out on the market and almost all of them have some type of programmable feature. According to energy.gov you can save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling by adjusting your thermostat 7-10 degrees from its normal setting for 8 hours a day. The key is actually in programming the thermostat it! Whether you have a basic model or an extreme thermostat the goal is to reduce the amount of energy that you are using!
While the manufacturer of your thermostat will have exact instructions on how to set your specific make and model, the following will help you get started.
Pictured at the left is a simple 1-Week Programming Thermostat. In order to program you would hit 'Set'. Set your current time so that you can then set the other requested times. Make sure that you set AM or PM. Depending on your system you may have to reset for Daylight Savings later. With a few more button punches you are on your way to start saving money.
There are factory settings already built in, but you will want to adjust these to fit your actual life.
What time do you get up in the morning? This is especially important if you want your house to be nice and toasty when you get ready in the winter. Think about setting the wake time a little earlier than you need to roll out of bed. The warm house will give you the motivation to pull back the covers and jump in the shower to start your day!
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Do you want your house cooler when you sleep? Think about what you and your family's night routine is and what this temperature should be.
The sleep time will be what your temperature is set at for the rest of the night until wake time. Consider if you want this cooler or warmer than your return time.
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This should be what you want the house to be set at for the day.
The thermostat on the left has been set to increase to 80 degrees F at 6:30 AM each morning. As this is a 1-Week Programming thermostat this will occur each day at 6:30 AM.
This should be what you want to walk into after time away from the house.
You will need to program both cooling and heating settings and depending on what programming schema you have you might need to repeat this process several times. Set your programmable thermostat as high as comfortable in the summer, try raising the temp a degree or two until you have found the sweet spot. Increase this temperature while you are out of the house to save even more. Remember to keep in mind the comfort of your pets. Your Iguana may be in heaven in the high 80's but Rover would probably not be comfortable.
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