With the change in seasons, it’s a good idea to revisit your thermostat. You can program your thermostat to come on in the morning about 30 minutes before you wake up so everything is nice and warm by the time you roll out of bed.
You can also program it to shut off when you leave in the morning and then come back on 30 minutes before you arrive, and then shut off at night if you like it cool in the evening.
There are a lot of different features available in smart and programmable thermostats. Consult your owner’s manual or call a service provider who can help you get that set up.
How Much Money Can I Save?
Turning your thermostat back 10 degrees for an 8-hour period every day will save you a lot of money throughout the year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “by turning their thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, the family can save 5% to 15% a year on their heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.”
This translates to about $180 in savings every year. This assumes “a typical, single-family home with a 10 hour daytime setback of 8° F in winter and setup of 7° F in summer, and an 8 hour nighttime setback of 8° F in winter and a setup of 4° F in summer” (Energy Star).
Since all homes are different, you will probably experience more or less savings than the averages you see online. Regardless, thermostat setbacks definitely save you money, energy, and inconvenience. Some factors that make a huge difference in the savings you experience are:
· Correct HVAC sizing and installation
· Thermal mass and insulation levels
· Type of equipment (furnace, heat pump, etc.)
· Equipment maintenance and cleanings
· Proper thermostat programming
For maximum energy savings, set your thermostat using the guidelines provided below and forget it. Don’t micromanage your thermostat.