A programable thermostat is a great way to dial in savings and comfort.

    • A setback or programmable thermostat lets you automatically turn your heat up before you get out of bed, down when you leave for work, up before you return from work and down again when you go to bed. Installing one before the heating season begins could save as much as 20 percent on your heating costs and recover your investment in the first year.
    • Turn down the heat. You’ll typically save 1 percent to 3 percent on your heating costs for every degree you dial down
    • Set your thermostat at 68 degrees when you’re home and at 65 degrees when you’re away for a short time. If you’re used to higher settings, dial down 1 degree at a time until you feel comfortable
    • Lower your thermostat to 58 degrees if you’re away from home five hours or more. You use much less energy to heat the house up when you return than to keep it heated while you’re away
    • Make sure your central air conditioning system is the right size for the area you want to cool
    • Don’t cool unused areas. Close doors and registers to cut energy costs
    • Operate your stove, oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer in the morning or evening when it’s cooler outside. They add extra heat to your home and make your air conditioner work harder
    • Set the air conditioning thermostat at 78 degrees during the day when you’re home and higher when you’re away
    • Install an automatic setback or programmable thermostat that starts your air conditioner shortly before you get home
    • Reduce air conditioning needs by installing an attic fan. Hot air trapped in stuffy attics sinks into rooms below, adding to your summer cooling costs
    • A ceiling fan cools fast and costs less than air conditioning
    • Clean the filter regularly. Dusty filters make your air conditioner work harder.
    • Check the manufacturer’s manualCool air from your window air conditioner can flow into open registers. Cover or close them so cool air doesn’t escape


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