In today’s connected world, managing the various components of your life is all about convenience. And that applies to your home comfort too. It might be time to go digital with a programmable thermostat!
Programmable thermostats are one of the least expensive and simplest ways to conserve energy in your home year-round. They raise your home heating and cooling equipment’s comfort and convenience levels by giving you complete full-time control over your temperature settings. Programmable settings allow you to boost your fuel efficiency by synchronizing your comfort equipment’s schedule to your family’s Setting your thermostat around your family schedule will not only ensure your home is comfortable when it needs to be, but will also save you money by turning your system down when nobody is home. Some Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostats can even be controlled by your smartphone, giving you the power to adjust your heating and cooling system from anywhere in the world.
The U.S. government’s ENERGY STAR® program offers the following tips to save with a programmable thermostat:
Choose the right model: Programmable thermostats come with different programming capacities. A 5+2 day thermostat will allow you to set the temperature at one level for the entire work week while keeping a different setting for the weekend. A 5-1-1 thermostat will allow more flexibility on weekends when your schedule may vary. A 7-day thermostat will allow you to set a different schedule for each day of the week.
Remember to program the thermostat if you are going away: When you’re going on vacation, make sure to set the thermostat to an energy-saving temperature for the duration of your trip. During the winter, do not set the thermostat below 55ºF to minimize the risk of a pipe freezing.
Install your thermostat away from direct heating/cooling sources: Setting a thermostat near a direct heating or cooling source can lead to incorrect temperature readings. Keep your thermostat in a central location away from these sources for the most accurate temperature control.
Resist the urge to override set temperatures: Every time you alter the pre-programmed temperature, you’ll use extra energy, which could show up in your next energy bill.
According to ENERGY STAR®, the average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills – about half of which goes to heating and cooling. Homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings.
If you’re ready to take control of your comfort, contact V-Fuel now and get started!