What do you know about programmable thermostats? If you don’t know much, you might think it’s just a digital thermostat with a fancier screen. But a programmable thermostat is so much more.
The truth is, the programmable thermostat isn’t a fancy thermostat – it’s a money-saving device. Just five minutes at the control panel programming your thermostat can reduce your energy expenditure on air conditioning all summer long.
So how does a programmable thermostat save money? It has to do with automating money-saving habits.
The easiest way to save money on your energy costs would be to keep your indoor air close to the temperature outside. But during the South Carolina summer, no one wants to deal with 90+ degree heat indoors. But neither does anyone want to deal with the high energy bills of keeping it a nice, crisp 72 degrees inside all summer long.
If you want to save on those energy bills but keep the cool air you want, try to cool your home only when it matters most – when you’re there. Think about raising your thermostat point by a couple of degrees during the day, when everyone in the house is at work or school. Each degree of adjustment over an eight-hour period saves you 1% on energy costs.
Where a programmable thermostat makes a huge difference is by automating the process. Although we all like the idea of saving money on our cooling costs, that doesn’t mean you like waiting for your home to cool down after a long day of work or school. Programmable thermostats allow you to set programs for weekdays and weekends, so you can have the house start cooling down before you get home.
Programmable thermostats also save you on time, since you don’t have to stop to adjust the thermostat multiple times a day. And you won’t have to remember to make the adjustment every morning – your thermostat will handle it all for you. Meanwhile, your heating and air conditioning system won’t have to work as hard while you’re gone, so your equipment will suffer less wear and tear and require fewer repairs.
After the five minutes it takes to initially set up your time and temperature adjustment points, you’ll save time and money on air conditioning for the rest of the summer – and the rest of the year.
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