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10 Tips for the Thermostat: Your Key to Savings

6. Some setback thermostats have different setbacks for weekends. If you frequently forget to setback your thermostat, the programmable setback thermostats will be a great investment. Even if you are already pretty good at remembering, these devices can frequently enable you to set back the thermostat a few extra degrees, providing you with additional savings.

7. If you heat with electricity, you can take advantage of the individual room thermostats that make it possible to shut off unused rooms and to have cool settings in some rooms and warmer settings in others. Using this feature of electric heat will definitely reduce your fuel bills. If you have a thermostat that controls a relatively large area, you should still consider a setback thermostat. You will need an electrician for this installation.

8. Do you need to talk yourself into a lower thermostat setting? Here’s an argument. Your plants are healthier in the cooler air. The health of your plants isn’t in the same league with your personal comfort? All right, you’ll be healthier in the cooler air. Your body will burn a few more calories keeping you warm, thereby helping you to lose weight and improve your general health. Besides, if you’ve already insulated and tightened your home, you will probably be just as comfortable at lower temperatures.

9. When it’s time to open the windows for a little fresh air in the spring, remember to turn down the thermostats. Those cool breezes that feel so good will send your furnace on a fuel-burning rampage unless the thermostats are reset.

10. Planning a party? Turn the thermostats down. Each guest is the equivalent of a 175-watt heater, and a large group will warm up the place without the furnace or the heating units in operation.

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Adapted from 547 Ways to be Fuel Smart, by Roger Albright. Copyright (c)2000 by Storey Communications. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from 547 Ways to be Fuel Smart, by Roger Albright.

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7:45AM PDT on May 15, 2015

It is a good idea to lower your thermostat when you're not going to be home. I usually turn it down to about 60 degrees, but if 55 is warm enough that would be even better. Turning down the heat at night would be okay, too. We always sleep with a bunch of blankets anyway, so that is fine with me. I'll have to give that a try.

1:19PM PDT on Mar 26, 2015

I'm really considering getting a programmable thermostat actually. It seems like it would be a good purchase that could save me a lot of money. I wouldn't want to just keep turning down my thermostat. I'm not a cold weather person. Then again, I could just move more south, that's always an option.

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