About nine out of ten Americans say they rarely or never program their thermostat, according to a recent survey. If you’re a member of that majority, we have a suggestion that could save you a hundreds of dollars year after year: take a few minutes and get to know that little box on your wall.
Managing the temperature of your home with a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways we know to save as much as 10 percent on your energy costs (the U.S. Department of Energy agrees). If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, buying one is a smart investment that will pay for itself in the first year or two you own it.
Once you get a handle on using your programmable thermostat, the U.S Department of Energy suggests the following settings for an optimum balance of comfort and savings:
* If you have wi-fi / wireless thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature from your smartphone.