Programmable Thermostats Cost a Little but Save a Lot
Programmable thermostats are a simple, inexpensive way to conserve energy in your home year-round. Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature in the winter or higher temperature in the summer when you are sleeping or away out of your home will ensure you aren’t spending money (and energy) unnecessarily.
ENERGY STAR® reports the following savings data for New York homeowners who install a programmable thermostat:
To get the full benefit of your programmable thermostat, ENERGY STAR® offers the following tips:
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 the 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 - Make sure to set your thermostat to an energy saving temperature if you are going on vacation. During the winter, do not set your thermostat below 55 degrees or else your pipes might freeze.
Install your thermostat away from direct heating/cooling sources – Keep your thermostat in a central location away from heating and cooling vents to avoid skewed temperature readings.
Contact your local heating oil dealer for more information about programmable thermostats.