Those old mercury air conditioning thermostats are a thing of the past. Programmable thermostats are one of the easiest ways to save money, and they are much more accurate.
The average homeowner spends about $2,000 a year on their electric bill…half of which is consumed by their air conditioning system.
Using a programmable thermostat correctly can save you up to $180 annually, or much more, depending on how you set-up your daily or weekly program.
For example, if you program your thermostat to raise 5-7 degrees when you are not at home (maybe while at work from 9 to 5), and then back to your desired, cooler temperature when you return (78 degrees is suggested), this will save energy and therefore reduce your electric bill by a substantial amount.
Another suggestion is to set your digital thermostat 4 degrees higher while you are asleep…you won’t even notice the difference in temperature and it will save you money.
Each degree setting below 78 degrees will increase your energy consumption by approximately 8%…that can add up to a lot of money over a year!
By making these minor temperature changes by setting your program correctly…expect to see a much lower electric bill!
There are three types of programmable thermostats:
- 7-day programable: These are great if your schedule is unpredictable. They give you the most flexibility and let you set different programs for different days, with four possible temperature periods per day.
- 5-2-day programable: These allow you to have one schedule during the week, and another for the weekends.
- 5-1-1 programable: These are valuable if you keep one schedule during the week, and two different schedules on Saturdays and Sundays.
If all this programming seems like a lot of work, or you dislike fooling with programs…at least purchase just a plain digital thermostat. They are easy to read and more accurate than the old mercury thermostats.