Thermostat Energy Saving Tips
The best temperature settings for your home provide both energy savings and comfort.
Let’s Settle Those Heated Debates Over the Thermostat
Be honest: how many times have you argued over the ideal temperature for your heating and cooling system? Whether it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, keeping an eye on the thermostat can help cut costs on your utility bills without sacrificing comfort.
You can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs by turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F from its normal setting for eight hours a day.
Watch where you place the thermostat
Your thermostat’s location can greatly affect its ability to get a solid and clear reading. Install your thermostat on an inside wall that is away from paintings, mirrors, plants, and furniture. This can help prevent “ghost readings,” where your thermostat thinks a room is either cooler or hotter than it actually is.
Sometimes, when it’s extremely warm or cold, you may feel the urge to crank up the thermostat to quickly cool off or heat up your home. Unfortunately, this tactic won’t speed up your HVAC, but it will cause your electric bill to skyrocket. Be patient, and you’ll find that your home cools off and warms up just as quickly when you set it to a reasonable temperature.
Reduce the heat settings at night
It’s true that most of us sleep better when the house is a bit cooler than we prefer when we’re awake. To save money on your utility bills, try turning down the thermostat during those cold winter nights. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it up to lower the temperature automatically.
Lower your thermostat when guests are over
Any good host wants their guests to be comfortable in their home. Being that our bodies naturally project heat, more people in your house can make it warmer than it normally is. While you may want to turn up the air conditioning in the summer, you’ll want to lower the temperature during the winter a few hours before your guests arrive.