Written on: November 15, 2021
As you prepare for winter in Pennsylvania, you want to ensure that you and your family will be comfortable in your home, but you also want to avoid an outrageous heating bill. One of the best ways to save money on your energy bills is to utilize a programmable thermostat. According to the US Department of Energy, you can save money on your heating bills by adjusting your thermostat during the hours everyone is asleep or out of the home. In fact, by adjusting your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours each day, you can save up to 10% a year on both your heating and cooling costs.
Using a programmable thermostat is a great way to save money and energy. But what are the best settings to use? Here’s what the US Department of Energy recommends for the winter months: For those times when your family is awake and in the home, set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. During those hours when your family is sleeping or there’s no one home, lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees.
Program your heat to shut off 20 to 30 minutes before you leave the house for the day and to turn back on 20 to 30 minutes before you get home. Similarly, set your thermostat to lower the temperature about one hour before everyone goes to sleep for the night and to raise it again about 30 minutes before everyone wakes up. This way, everyone in your home should be comfortable and you’ll cut down on your heating costs by allowing your home to get cooler during the times no one will notice the drop in your house’s temperature.
Where you put your thermostat matters. Carefully read the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Your thermostat should be installed on an interior wall that doesn’t receive direct sunlight and that is not near any doorways, windows, skylights, or places that could have a draft. You’ll also want to be sure not to put any furniture in front of or under your thermostat.
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