Save Money with a Programable Thermostat

By Robert Robillard on Energy Saving


Turning down your thermostat by just a few degrees in the winter can save 5-10% on your overall heating bill.

The best way to achieve this is through the use of a programmable thermostat and its setback feature.

You can program your thermostat to set the temperature back until the next pre-programed time when you want normal temperatures.  Save money with a programable thermostat by programming temperatures in your home  to 62°F on cold winter nights, when you’re sleeping under blankets, this  can help you save as much as 15% on your heating costs.

Using The Setback Feature

You can program your thermostat to “setback” temperatures when your family is work, at school, or on vacation. In summer, setbacks work much the same way for central air conditioning.

Most of these thermostats come with two setbacks, a week day and a week end program.

The setback feature is important because if you’re anything like me you’ll forget to turn your thermostat down all the time. Even if you are already pretty good at remembering, these devices can frequently enable you to set back or turn up the thermostat a few extra degrees, without your assistance.

Here’s an example of my house program:

  • 5:30 AM heat turns up to 66 degrees.
  • 8:00 AM heat turns down to 64 degrees [most days kids are in school]
  • 11:00 AM heat resets to 64 degrees. This is built in to reset anyone raising temperatures.
  • 3:00 PM heat turns up to 66 degrees.
  • 6:00 PM heat turns up to 68 degrees.
  • 11:00 PM heat turns down to 62 degrees.

Save money with a programmable thermostat is easy once you take the steps to install and set up your custom program.

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of and ToolBoxBuzz, and a has a weekly column in the Sunday Boston Globe. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Contact Rob at:

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