Get with the Program – How to use a programmable thermostat

Although your traditional thermostat might seem to be working properly, you can save electricity and lower your bill by purchasing a programmable thermostat.

In fact, you could save about $180 per year. Follow these tips and see for yourself:

  • Keep the thermostat at a set temperature for at least eight hours to save the most energy. We recommend a setting of 78 or higher in the summer months and 68 or lower in the winter months.
  • Avoid manually changing the temperature. You will use more energy if you consistently override the settings.
  • Use the “hold” or “vacation” feature to turn off your air conditioner while you’re away for an extended period. Just remember to not use this feature to manage day-to-day temperature settings.
  • Install the thermostat away from direct sunlight, vents, windows and doorways. The location of your thermostat can affect its performance and efficiency.