The Ultimate Holiday Gift: A Thermostat that Saves You $180 Every Year

2017 Nov 28

Looking for a thoughtful gift that will spread holiday cheer all year?

Consider giving a programmable thermostat to your friend or loved one.

We know—thermostats don’t sound very glamorous or exciting.

But this type of thermostat can save you $180 annually, so it’s a gift your loved one will appreciate many years down the road.

In this article, we’ll explain how a programmable thermostat works and why it saves you money.

How programmable thermostats work

Programmable thermostats are digital thermostats that automatically control a home’s heating/cooling system.

They differ from regular thermostats because you can “program” them (hence the name) to automatically adjust to desired temperatures at different times during the day. 

Some programmable thermostats, called smart thermostats, can actually learn your schedule so you don’t even have to program them. Once you install one, the thermostat starts to learn your schedule and cooling/heating habits. Then, after 1–2 weeks, it will automatically adjust the temperature based on your habits. Additionally, these smart thermostats connect to the home WiFi which means you can control your home’s temperature from a smartphone or tablet.

Of course, programmable thermostats don’t do anything you couldn’t do on your own with a manual thermostat. BUT there are 2 big heating/cooling problems they help solve:

  1. Forgetting to adjust your thermostat when you’re away from home. Keeping your thermostat set to the same temperature all day wastes money and puts more wear and tear on your heating/cooling system. But, a programmable thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature according to your desired settings, meaning you’ll never forget to change it. Basically, it remembers to adjust the temperature so you don’t have to.
  2. Coming home to uncomfortable temperatures. With a manual thermostat, you have to come home and manually adjust it to a comfortable temperature. That means you’ll often come home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. A programmable thermostat can adjust the temperature before you get home, meaning you’ll never come home to an uncomfortable temperature.

So, a programmable thermostat is convenient, but how can it save you money? More on that below...

Programmable thermostats save you $$

The average household spends about $2,000 per year on energy bills, and nearly half of that cost is for heating and cooling. That’s a lot of dough!

But according to EnergyStar, a programmable thermostat can take $180 (almost 10%) off that yearly expense.

Here’s how: Like we mentioned earlier, a programmable thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature according to your daily schedule. So, as long as you set the programmable thermostat to adjust to energy efficient temperatures, you’ll lower your electricity usage and utility bills.

Since most of us work away from home during the day, your house could be empty for 8 hours, 5 days a week. Leaving your thermostat set to the same temperature all the time forces your HVAC system to run longer than it needs to. And the longer it runs, the more energy it consumes, which increases your monthly utility bills.

So during the day, a programmable thermostat can raise the temperature in the summer and lower it in the winter, which will give you non-stop energy savings. Plus, you can program it to automatically turn down your thermostat when you sleep to save money as well.

Below is an example of how you can set your programmable thermostat:

how to set a programmable thermostat
Note: Setting the temperature too high isn’t good for sleep, so we recommend keeping it about the same or a little lower. The ideal temperature for sleep is around 65°, but in the summer that can be expensive, so we recommend staying around 72°–78°.

Interested in a programmable thermostat?

Read our article, “3 Quick Tips for Buying a Programmable Thermostat” for more info on choosing a thermostat.

Or, just give us a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about programmable thermostats and we’ll help you choose one that fits your budget and needs.

Do you want a programmable thermostat for your home? We can help. Visit our thermostat replacement page or give us a call for more info.

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