One half of homeowners already turn down their heat at night, saving
themselves 6 percent to 16 percent of heating energy. A programmable or clock thermostat can automatically do this for you.
- In addition to lowering
temperatures while you sleep, a programmable thermostat will also raise temperatures again before
you get out from under the covers.
- It not only saves energy, it’s cost-effective, too. Such thermostats can be used to drop the house temperature during the day as well, if the house is unoccupied.
- “Home Energy” magazine reports savings in excess of 20 percent
with two eight-hour setbacks of 10 degrees each.
- Electronic set-back thermostats are readily available for $25 to $150.
- If you have a heat pump or central air conditioning, make sure the thermostat is designed for heat and A/C. Installation is simple, but make sure to turn off
the power to the heating plant before you begin.
- If connecting wires makes you jittery, have an electrician or heating technician do it for you. It’s well worth the investment.
Adapted from the Real Goods Solar Living Source Book,edited by Doug Pratt and executive editor John Schaeffer.Copyright (c) 1999, Real Goods. Reprinted by permsision of Chelsea Green Publishing Company and Real Goods.
Adapted from Real Goods Solar Living Source Book,edited by Doug Pratt and executive editor John Schaeffer.