About 90 percent of Americans say they have “rarely or never” programmed their thermostat because they don’t know how it works, according to a recent study. That’s a shame, because using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways to save energy and lower heating bills.
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, we recommend investing in one: if you use it correctly, it will often pay for itself in the first year you own it. If you have a programmable thermostat but don’t know how it works, don’t worry: we’ll break the basics here so you can get the best energy-saving bang for the buck.
A good place to start getting to know your thermostat is by seeing what different “modes” it offers. The more expensive the model, the more of these features it is likely to have.
Ranked in order here from most to least flexible, these modes include:
Once you know what modes are available on your model, you can begin to set up your thermostat so it works with your lifestyle. The settings you can control on just about any type of programmable thermostats include:
Each thermostat operates a little differently, so you will want to spend a little time reading your owner’s manual to adjust these settings; considering the money savings, it’s time well spent!
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:
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