Thermostats: Non-programmable or Programmable?
According to Energy Star, about 45% of a home’s energy is utilized for heating and cooling (that averages about $2,100-$2,500 annually). What is sad is most of that is conditioning unoccupied space – like when you are away from home. But do programmable thermostats cost more? Sure they have more features then a non-programmable thermostat. So how it is going to save you money? Simple by programming it for the best energy savings.
- Away: When leaving on vacation or away for work set your thermostat for between 50-55 degrees F. This will be warm enough to help prevent against freezing pipes.
- Sleep: When you are sleeping set your thermostat for between 55-65 degrees. You might even find out to sleep better.
- Home/Awake: During the day you need to be comfortable in your home but to save the green stuff you can’t set your thermostat to rain forest temperatures. Find the coolest temperature you are comfortable with and wear a comfy hoodie and some socks. For most people that sweet spot is around 68-72 degrees.
- Away: When leaving on vacation or away for work set your thermostat for between 85-90 degrees F. If you have pets at home you probably want to set it for between 80-85.
- Sleep: When you are sleeping set your thermostat for between 65-75 degrees. And on those cools summer nights turn your system on circulate and open some windows.
- Home/Awake: With the humidity here in Virginia we almost HAVE to have the AC running to be comfortable at home. But we don’t need to live in a freezer either. Set that thermostat between 72-75 degrees F for the best energy savings.