Save With A Programmable Thermostat

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.

11 comments

JL A.
JL A.3 years ago

good tip

Marie W.
Marie W.4 years ago

Use mine every day.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Susana L.
sue l.5 years ago

thanks

Greener Greener
Past Member 5 years ago

Ooops. I forgot to make the link to my review a link. Here you go : Honeywell RTH7600D Programmable Thermostat Review

Hope it helps!

Greener Greener
Past Member 5 years ago

Wow, is this article really 11 years old? Well a programmable thermostat is still a great idea. They've come a long way since this article was written.

I just wrote a review of my favorite programmable thermostat here http://greenergreener.com/honeywell-rth7600d-best-programmable-thermostat-review/ if you want to see what current technology can do to save energy and cash.

Thanks!

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Pete C.
Pete C.6 years ago

thanks

Melanie D.
Melanie D.7 years ago

Has anyone tried using a programmable thermostat on each level of a 2 story home? Currently, my upstairs is noticeably warmer than the downstairs. Would this help?