About nine out of ten Americans say they’ve rarely or never programmed their thermostat because they don’t know how to do it, according to a recent study. That’s a shame, considering that using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways we know to save energy and lower heating bills.
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, we strongly recommend investing in one: if you use it correctly, it will often pay for itself in the first year you own it.
If you have a programmable thermostat but don’t know how it works, don’t worry: we’ll break the basics down for you here so you can get the best energy-saving bang for the buck.
A good place to start getting to know your thermostat is by seeing what different “modes” it offers. Ranked in order here from most to least flexible, these modes include:
Once you know what modes are available on your model, you can begin to set up your thermostat so it works with your lifestyle. The settings you can control on just about any type of programmable thermostats include:
Each thermostat operates a little differently, so you will want to spend a little time consulting your owner’s manual to adjust these settings; considering the money savings, it’s time well spent. if you’re having trouble with your thermostat, contact us – we’re here to help.
Once you get a handle on using your programmable thermostat, the U.S Department of Energy suggests the following settings for an optimum balance of comfort and savings:
Be smart and save on your monthly energy bills this winter and beyond. Want to save even more? Contact us today to learn about high-efficiency heating oil equipment installation and service in Rhode Island!
* If you have wi-fi thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature from your smartphone!