Written on: June 26, 2017
The average household spends around $2,000 or more on energy bills on an annual basis. This is according to the DOE or the U.S. Department of Energy. Half of that amount is attributed to home heating and cooling. A programmable thermostat may help you save some cash. Here’s a few tips to help you.
A study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab discovered that more than half of Americans never change default settings on their thermostats. This is because they don’t know how to do it. This is shocking because thermostats come with guides and instruction manuals. Those with the internet can easily look up tutorials on programmable thermostats. You will not be able to lower your energy expenses if you don’t know how your thermostat operates.
When nobody is at home, you can set the thermostat to energy saving mode. When you’re not using your system to cool or heat your home, then the energy saving mode is a good option to use. For example, it’s recommended that you dial down your thermostat during the winter. This can be achieved by going down 5-8 degrees when you are not going to be in your home for a few hours during the cold weather. Similarly, you can turn up your thermostat 5-8 degrees during the summer. You can also stick to the same range in the evening time. By doing this, you will lower your energy bill because you’ll be reducing your energy consumption.
Unless you plan on going on vacation or being away from home for a bit of time, then don’t use the vacation or hold feature. This will actually lead to energy inefficiency if you do this on a regular basis. You can avoid this issue by setting your thermostat a few degrees lower when you are away from the home in the wintertime. Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer will help too. Feel free to use the feature on the weekends, especially if nobody is going to be home.
Don’t raise and lower your temperature settings by a large margin. Doing this will not result in your home being cooled or heated faster. The only exception to the rule is if a thermostat is equipped with recovery features. These types of thermostats are designed to reach the pre-set temperature at the time that was set. It’s still a good idea to monitor the thermostat’s performance because this will help you figure out the best way of heating or cooling your home adequately.
Perform regular thermostat inspections to make sure it is working the way it should. If the thermostat’s display indicates low battery, then change the batteries right away. Remember, if a thermostat doesn’t function properly, then you won’t lower your energy expenses.
Most households only have one thermostat. However, some homes benefit from using multiple programmable thermostats. This is a good idea because you can accurately customize your heating and cooling. Hire a professional to install additional thermostats because they will adhere to regulations and standards pertaining to electrical engineering.
If you want to reduce your domestic energy consumption, then install a programmable thermostat. Generally speaking, this kind of thermostat can reduce annual energy bills by up to $180. In order to enjoy these kinds of benefits, then learn how your thermostat operates, use the vacation & hold features properly, create multiple zones for heating & cooling and don’t make extreme thermostat setting changes. Always make sure your thermostat is working properly.
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