October 06, 2011
HOW TO SAVE MONEY USING YOUR DIGITAL THERMOSTAT?
Energy bills keep rising. What can you do?
One of the things that you can do is use your digital thermostat to cut your heating and cooling bill. I know a number of you just turn off the thermostat when you leave the house and then turn it on when you get back home.
The question is “Is that the most cost-effective way?”
Let's take the turning it on and shutting it off method for a second. On a hot summer day, you leave the house in the morning and on the way out the door you shut off the thermostat. When you walk back into the house after you return, you turn it back on.
Your air conditioner now has to fight all of the heat in the house to get it to an acceptable temperature. Even as you cool the air in your house, you still have to contend with the ambient heat in the walls, the ceiling and yes…even the furniture. It may take a couple of hours for your home to reach a comfortable temperature. All that time the air conditioner is working hard to bring the temperature down to the level you desire…and probably using vast amounts of energy in the process.
Now consider this…
If you have a programmable thermostat, you can preset the temperatures for the optimum use based on your lifestyle.
For example, let's say you like the indoor temperature at about 74- 76 degrees in the summertime. Then you program your thermostat to be at that temperature when you are home. Let’s say you leave for work at 8:00 and get home from work at 4:30.
Then you set the programmable temperature at 8:00 to reflect 6-8 degrees higher than you optimum temperature (80-82). One half hour before you arrive home from work, you preset the temperature to be at your optimum. That way when you walk in the door, the temperature is exactly as you like it.
You can do the same in reverse in the winter time.
Cooling the house down or warming it up only 6 to 8 degrees is a much easier task than if you had your system shut down for the day.
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