Did you know that the average American household spends more than $2,000 each year on energy costs? If you’re spending $170 a month on electricity, heating and cooling in Cheyenne, you’re probably looking for ways to trim your bill!
Of that bill, ENERGY STAR® says about 50% normally accounts for heating and cooling. The rest goes to heating water and powering lighting, appliances and electronics. Using a programmable thermostat is a great way to keep your home comfort costs in check, especially if you forget to adjust the temperature when you’re away.
The Department of Energy says setting your thermostat back 7–10 degrees while you’re at work can save you up to 10% a year on utility bills. If you’re paying $2,000 annually to heat and cool your home, that can be a big chunk of change!
A good way to further lower your bill is to minimize the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. When you’re at home, the DOE recommends setting your thermostat at 68 degrees during the winter and 78 degrees during the summer. Whenever you’re sleeping or gone, you’ll want to adjust those settings for maximum savings.
An easy way to do this is with a programmable thermostat. While you can adjust your thermostat manually, it’s easy to forget. And a programmable thermostat can bring your home back to a comfortable temperature before you get up in the morning or come home in the afternoon.
Here are a few more benefits of using a programmable thermostat.
4 Benefits of Using a Programmable Thermostat
- Reduced heating and cooling costs. When set correctly, a programmable thermostat will help you trim your utility costs. This is due to the fact you can program the temperature higher or lower (depending on the season) when you’re at work or away. Using a smart thermostat makes this even easier, since you won’t have to program it. Many of these thermostats pick up on your desired temperatures and create a schedule to match. They work with your phone to know when you’re at home or away, and automatically adjust temperatures to match.
- Automatic temperature adjustment. With a programmable thermostat, you won’t have to constantly be adjusting the temperature. Your thermostat will do all the work for you, so you won’t have to remember to adjust it when you leave or go to bed. These thermostats also allow you to set different schedules for weekdays and weekends.
- Remote control for some models. Smart or Wi-Fi enabled thermostats allow you to control temperatures from your phone. With this capability, you can change your thermostat settings from just about anywhere. Some models also allow for real-time monitoring of your heating and cooling systems.
- Reminds you of system upkeep. Some programmable thermostat models, especially smart thermostats, can remind you when you need to change your air filter. Keeping your air filter clean helps your system run more efficiently, helps with allergies, and reduces wear and tear on your equipment.
Save Even More on Energy Costs with AC Mechanical, Inc.
Heating and cooling equipment doesn’t last forever. While it’s life span depends on use and maintenance, you can typically expect your furnace to last around 20 years. If yours is getting close to that age, it’s time to start thinking about replacement.
If you’re interested in how to save even more on energy costs, consider an ENERGY STAR® model. AC Mechanical, Inc., proudly offers many ENERGY STAR solutions from Lennox®, an industry leader in energy efficiency and innovation.
As a Lennox Premier Dealer™, you can count on us to provide outstanding service, whether you’re scheduling furnace installation or air conditioning installation. We’re known for our commitment to your family’s comfort and going above and beyond your expectations.
Our friendly and professional staff is here to help when you need us. For more information about a thermostat solution that will help your family save more on energy costs, contact us at 307-778-0515 today.