We have written before about some electricity use misunderstandings Long Island homeowners have when trying to save money on energy bills. A common myth focuses on the lowly thermostat, probably because it is the only part of your HVAC system that is always available for spontaneous tinkering. Set your thermostat—or your programmable thermostat—correctly and keep energy costs down.
Set it But Do Not Forget It
If you still have an old electro-mechanical thermostat, you need to get into the habit of resetting it several times each day. When you leave your home for long periods, turn the thermostat down several degrees on heating days to lower energy bills and run the furnace less often. You should already be doing this for vacation times and weekends away, but add school and work days to the routine, too.
- When you return home, avoid the temptation to crank the thermostat up to 90 degrees. Your house heats no faster by doing this than by putting it to a more reasonable 68 degrees.
- For overnight settings, the lower you set your heating temperatures, the more you keep energy costs down. See if family members can tolerate 63 degrees while sleeping.
All that fiddling gets wearing, on you and the thermostat. Have a programmable thermostat installed and leave the adjustments to the computer.
Three configurations of programmable thermostats address just about every homeowner’s needs:
- 5-1-1 programmable thermostats keep energy costs down by programming four daily settings for weekdays, a separate schedule for Saturday and another for Sunday.
- 5+2 models provide a four-period weekday program and a single program for both weekend days.
- 7-day programmable thermostats keep energy costs down by giving you great flexibility—each day can be set for four individual heating or cooling periods (morning, empty home, return, and overnight).
Programmable thermostats have vacation settings to lower your energy bills, and many feature adaptive recovery controls that calculate time and temperature goals so you wake—or return home—to your desired temperature.
To learn more ways to keep energy costs down using your Long Island home’s thermostat, contact us at Cool Power, LLC.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy costs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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