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Save With A Programmable Thermostat

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.

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Adapted from Real Goods Solar Living Source Book,edited by Doug Pratt and executive editor John Schaeffer.

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9:32AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

good tip

8:20PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Use mine every day.

4:16AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Thank you

7:24PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011


11:16PM PST on Feb 12, 2011

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

Hope it helps!

11:14PM PST on Feb 12, 2011

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 if you want to see what current technology can do to save energy and cash.


4:55AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Thanks for the info.

4:55AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Thanks for the info.

12:16AM PDT on Jun 25, 2010


3:38PM PST on Dec 30, 2008

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?

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