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Saving heating costs without sacrificing comfort

If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, it is definitely worth getting. Basic models can cost as little as $25, and most are less than $50, making the payback period remarkably quick.

You can save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10°–15° for eight hours. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat offers a lot of flexibility in its temperature settings.

Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule. As a result, you don’t operate the equipment as much when you are asleep or when the house is not occupied.

Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.

For example, you can program the thermostat to turn your furnace down to 55 or 60 degrees just before you go to bed, and then have it turn the temperature back up to 68 an hour before you get up. Likewise, you can let the house cool down during the weekdays while you’re at work. If your schedule changes, you can always temporarily override the temperature settings .

It’s an old wives’ tale that heating your house up periodically uses more energy than keeping it warm.

A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. In fact, as soon as your house drops below its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the surrounding environment more slowly. The lower the interior temperature, the slower the heat loss. So the longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more energy you save, because your house has lost less energy than it would have at the higher temperature. The same concept applies to raising your thermostat setting in the summer; a higher interior temperature will slow the flow of heat into your house, saving energy on air conditioning.

Read more about programmable thermostats and how to use them.

You can even install your own with just a few basic tools.

If you have a programmable thermostat but are confused about it’s operation and don’t have the manual, there is still hope. Manualsonline provides an easy way to find your brand and model and download the respective manual.

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