Understand Your Thermostat And Save Money

thermostatFrom the dead of winter to sweltering summer days, your thermostat works to keep your home comfortable. Properly used, it can also save you a lot of money.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, each degree you set back your thermostat can save as much as 1% of your energy bill every eight hours. That can add up to as much as 15% annually saved on heating costs. And the savings are even greater when combined with lower air conditioning costs in the summer.

So why are only about 30% of homes equipped with programmable thermostats? And why do as many as half of the homes with them fail to program them? Part of the problem is with people, and part is with the thermostats themselves.

Nearly all older homes and apartments are equipped with non-programmable manual thermostats, and replacing them simply doesn’t make it to the top of many to-do lists. Even if the residence has a programmable thermostat, the new owners may not take the time to learn how to use it properly, presuming the manual is even still available. So the instrument stays in the “hold” mode, functioning as a manual thermostat.

Then there’s the instrument itself. Some are poorly located, making them hard to reach or read or positioned near a window or door where they don’t accurately regulate the home’s temperature. Even if they are properly located and easy to use, some programmable thermostats are so complex to use that people simply give up and leave them set at a single temperature.

Adding to the problem is the mistaken belief that lowering temperatures at night or while away requires more energy to warm the home up. The fact is that a home loses temperature slowly and lower inside temperature means less heat loss. The energy needed to bring the temperature back up is far less than it would take to maintain a higher temperature all day and night.

So what’s the bottom line to improve your bottom line? If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, get one. If you have one, use it properly. If it’s too complicated or you’ve lost the manual, replace it with a newer, easier-to-use model. You can get thermostats you can control with a smartphone or over the internet. There are even some now that do the programming for you by learning your behavior patterns and setting themselves.

 

If it’s more than you want to deal with yourself, call in a pro. The experts at Allstar Electrical Services can match you with the thermostat that’s right for your particular needs. We can make sure it’s properly located for the best efficiency. And we can install it so that it works correctly and show you how to use it.

If you choose to do it yourself, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use good practices when working with electricity. And remember, the pros at Allstar Electrical Services are ready to help you with any electrical needs or concerns, large or small. We’ve been serving the Front Range for nearly 15 years and are top-rated by the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List.

Visit our website, allstarelectrical.com, to see the many ways we can serve your electrical needs, including a complete residential electrical assessment to keep your home convenient, safe and efficient.

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