According to ENERGY STAR, you spend about $2,200 a year on energy bills. And 50% of that comes from heating and cooling.
That means if you can master your thermostat, you can cut a good chunk of change off your energy bill each year. Here are 6 ways you can do that.
6 money-saving thermostat tips
1) Know how to set it when you’re away or asleep– According to Energy.gov you can lower your energy bill by 5% to 15% a year by setting back you thermostat 10° to 15° for 8 hours in the summer and winter.
2) Use your ceiling fan when you can– Turn on your ceiling fan in a room gives you a wind chill effect. That means you can set your thermostat 3-5 degrees higher than normal and still feel comfortable.
3) Don’t turn your thermostat off- If you turn your thermostat off, the energy needed to get your home back to a comfortable temperature will cost more than if you had just set the thermostat how we recommended in #1.
4) Make sure your thermostat is installed in the right area– Certain locations can mess with how your thermostat works, possibly causing it to run your air conditioning and heating system longer than it needs to.
Keep your thermostat away from these places:
- Direct sunlight
- Drafty areas
So what is the best place to put it? The most convenient area is in the middle of the home in a hallway away from the things listed above.
5) Got company over? Possibly a party? Turn your thermostat down– People are basically like walking heaters. And if you’ve got a large group of people in your home, there’s no need to keep your furnace or heating unit running like it normally does.
6) Install a programmable thermostat– if you hate fidgeting with your thermostat’s settings, a programmable thermostat can change the temperature for you based on your preset settings. According to ENERGYSTAR, a programmable thermostat can save you $180 a year if it has been set properly.
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