How to Save Money & Use Less Energy with a Programmable Thermostat

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Working on improving energy efficiency and comfort in your home? Get a programmable thermostat! Imagine effortlessly fine-tuning the temperature of your living space, syncing it with your daily rhythm, and reaping the rewards of both enhanced comfort and reduced energy consumption. Here’s how you can save money and use less energy with a programmable thermostat!

Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

  • Convenience through automation 
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Temperature consistency
  • Cost savings
  • Remote control

How to Make the Most of Your Programmable Thermostat 

Set the Schedule That Works for Your Family

To program your thermostat and therefore save money and use less energy, you need to set a schedule. Start by asking these questions:

  • Is your schedule the same every day?
  • Does your schedule change on weekends?

1 Week Programming 

This is for families with a very consistent schedule. It allows you to set the same schedule for all 7 days of the week.

5-2 Programming

For families with a stable workweek schedule, 5-2 is a good option as it allows you to program the temperature to be the same Monday-Friday and a different schedule for the weekend.

5-1-1 Programming

If you have a consistent schedule during the week but it differs on Saturday and Sunday, this may be the setup for you. Set the thermostat for the week and then program different temperatures for Saturday and Sunday.

7-Day Programming

This is the most flexible option. It’s best for individuals or families with changing schedules. It allows you to program a different heating and cooling schedule for each day of the week.

Program the Temperature

Next, you need to determine comfortable temperatures for summer and winter. For this, you need to consider sleep and wake times, as well as when you’re home versus away.

Home & Awake

When you’re home and awake, a good temperature that many people find comfortable is 21 C. To save money, you can raise this by 1-2 degrees in the summer or lower it by 1-2 degrees in the winter. During mild months, you can even consider turning off the thermostat altogether for more savings.

Night Time

At night, you can lower the thermostat a bit as the human body sleeps better in cooler temperatures. In the winter, lowering the temperature at night will help with energy consumption. In the summer, you might consider sleeping with the windows open if it’s not too hot. Program the thermostat to start to adjust the setting a little bit before you go to sleep so it’s ready by the time you go to bed.

Away from Home

When you’re not home, you can adjust the temperature so you save on energy use. In the summer, you can turn it up a few degrees, and in the winter, you can turn it down a few degrees. Since no one is home to keep warm or cool, this is an opportunity to save. Again, you can program the thermostat to return to the temperature you desire by the time you arrive home. If you have a wi-fi enabled thermostat, you can control the temperature settings from your phone while you’re out. 

Get Your Programmable Thermostat & Start Saving!

Once you’ve determined your schedule and comfortable temperature settings, input the schedule. When you get your programmable thermostat installed, our HVAC technicians can assist you with this and show you how to best use your thermostat. We also have smart thermostats which take energy conservation and savings to another level. 

Ready to save with a programmable thermostat?

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