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You Should Get Your Own ATMs (Automated Temperature, Money Savers)

February 19, 2014 - 10:54am

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Keeping your thermostat set at 68°F during the winter can save you energy and money.

Keeping your thermostat set at 68°F during the winter can save you energy and money.

Right now my house is chilly, and it’s not for lack of insulation or because I have leaky windows. It’s by choice. We keep our house in Denver, Colorado, at a cool 68°F during the day in the winter. In the summer, we set it to 72°F during the day. I get that this may sound backward from how most people do it—my grandmother, who keeps her house above 75°F in the winter and just below 70°F in the summer, thinks I’m nuts. But the truth is, I’m comfortable year round. Even better, we are saving money on our energy bills and it’s super easy to do.

When my husband and I bought our house, one of the first things we did was buy a new programmable thermostat. This was a must-have purchase for us because we knew we wanted to control the temperature in our home as much as we could. In the winter we keep the house set at just 68°F, capitalizing on the already cool weather outside.

In the summer months, we swing the other direction, increasing the temperature slightly as the day gets warmer so our air conditioner is not struggling constantly. In fact, not only are we able to adjust the temperature as needed when we are home, but we set it so the temperature is at 70°F when we wake up in the morning. Then, while we are away from the house, the temperature increases to 72°F, decreasing again in the evening to 70°F as the weather cools. Then, around 11:30 p.m. (we’re night owls after all) the temperature in our home automatically drops back down to 68°F.

My husband and I are lucky enough to work from home a few times a week, but we don’t have to touch the thermostat at all while we’re there. Instead, we programmed it to remain at our baseline just on the days we’re working from home.
The best part is that this is all automatic. We don’t need to think about it at all! The programmable thermostat is like an automated money saver mounted to our wall.

Still not convinced a programmable thermostat is for you? Consider this: Would you leave all the lights on in your house while you are away, or while sleeping for that matter? Of course not. Controlling your home’s temperature is the same idea. But instead of having to “flip the switches” throughout your house every day, you just tell the little box on the wall to do it for you.

Get more information on programmable thermostats, including tips for use, from Energy Saver.

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