Heating and cooling accounts for 50% of the average U.S. household’s utility bill. Take more control of that spending with a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to choose how and when your home’s temperature changes, meaning a greater degree of control over your energy use. With these simple tips, you can program your home for energy savings:
- Dial back while you sleep: Don’t make your thermostat work overtime. Properly adjusting your settings at night while you’re asleep and during the day while you’re out of the house can save you $180/year on your energy bills.
- Don’t cool an empty house: If you’ll be away for longer periods of time, take advantage of energy savings by using the “vacation” setting available on most thermostats.
- Work with your ceiling fan: By setting your thermostat 2°F higher when using a ceiling fan in the summer, you can save $42 over the course of the cooling season. During winter, reverse the fan and lower your thermostat by 5°F for an additional $5 in savings.
- Adjust each season: Adjust your temperature set points between the heating and cooling seasons. Check out our cheat sheet for ideal thermostat settings each season here.
- Learn more about programmable thermostats.