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

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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