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Tips: Programmable Thermostats

July 27, 2014 - 5:33pm

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Cool summer tip: In the summer, save money by automatically turning up the air conditioner at night or when you're away from home.

Cool summer tip: In the summer, save money by automatically turning up the air conditioner at night or when you're away from home.

Hot winter tip: Use a programmable thermostat to automatically turn down the heat at night or when you're away from home.

Hot winter tip: Use a programmable thermostat to automatically turn down the heat at night or when you're away from home.

Cool summer tip: In the summer, save money by automatically turning up the air conditioner at night or when you're away from home.
Hot winter tip: Use a programmable thermostat to automatically turn down the heat at night or when you're away from home.

You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. (If you have a heat pump, don't do this without a programmable thermostat). You can do this automatically by using a programmable thermostat and scheduling the times you turn on the heating or air conditioning. As a result, the equipment doesn't operate as much when you are asleep or not at home.

Programmable thermostats can store multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.

Learn more about thermostats and control systems.

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