Think Energy Savings When Setting Your Thermostats

For the average American household, almost half the annual energy bill goes to heating and cooling – more than $900 a year. Being smart about how you control your temperature settings will help you save money and stay comfortable in your home.

With a programmable thermostat you can adjust the times and temperature of your home throughout the day. Your programmable thermostat can store and repeat multiple daily settings with up to 6 or more temperature settings a day. Programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to your comfort level before you wake or return home.

What is a smart thermostat?

A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled device that automatically adjusts heating and cooling temperature settings for optimal performance. Smart thermostats that earn the ENERGY STAR label have been independently certified, based on actual field data, to deliver energy savings.

These devices provide convenience, insight and control. While system designs vary, common smart thermostat features can include:

  • Learning the temperature you like and establishing a schedule that automatically adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you are asleep or away
  • Providing home energy use data you can track and manage
  • Allowing you to control home heating and cooling remotely through your smartphone

ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats are also designed to be compatible with the programs that some local utilities offer, providing home owners in their service territory with incentives to help them manage reliability.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat helps make it easy for you to save by offering four pre-programmed settings to regulate your home's temperature in both summer and winter - when you are home, asleep, or away. The pre-programmed settings that come with programmable thermostats are intended to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort.

Depending on your family's schedule, you can see significant savings by sticking with those settings or adjust them as appropriate for your family. The key is to establish a program that automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don't need as much. Use the programmable thermostat calculator to see what you can save with set-back temperatures that work for your family.

Programmable Thermostat Setpoint Times & Temperatures

Setting Time Setpoint Temperature (Heat) Setpoint Temperature (Cool)
Wake 6:00 am ≤ 70° F ≥ 78° F
Day 8:00 am Setback at least 8° F Setup at least 7° F
Evening 6:00 pm ≤ 70° F ≥ 78° F
Sleep 10:00 pm Setback at least 8° F Setup at least 4° F

How do you choose the right Thermostat for your household?

Think about the schedule in your household. How often is everyone away from home for regular periods of time? Then look at the model that best fits your households schedule.

  • 7-day models are best if your daily schedule tends to change. This model has the most flexibility and lets you set different programs for different days, usually with 4 possible temp periods per day.
  • 5 + 2 models work if you keep close to the same schedule say Monday through Friday and another for weekends.
  • 5 +1 + 1 models work for those that keep the same schedule 5 days per week and have a different schedule on the other two days.

In general every programmable thermostat comes with 4 pre-programed settings and maintains those settings within 2 degrees.

Many come with additional features such as:

  • Digital backlit display
  • Touch pad screen programming
  • Voice and/or phone programing
  • Hold Vacation features
  • Indicators which tell you when its time to change your air filters
  • Indicators that signal malfunctioning of your heating/cooling system

Simple Steps to Energy Savings with Programmable Thermostats

Achieve significant energy and money savings through the proper use of your programmable thermostat. Learn how to:

  • Have your thermostat properly installed - Here's what you need to know about proper and safe installation of your programmable thermostat, as well as when you should call a certified HVAC contractor to handle the installation for you.
  • Properly set and use your thermostat - Follow the guidelines set by the manufacture to achieve maximum savings and comfort.

Save with your manual thermostat - If you choose to keep your manual thermostat, here are recommendations to help you save.

  • Set your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours per day from your normal setting.
  • In the summer keep your house warmer when you are away and setting the thermostat to 78 degrees only when you are at home and need cooling.

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