What's the real deal with programmable thermostats and energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency is on everyone’s mind these days, and though it feels like it can be a challenge to have an impact, there are some things you can do. One of the best ways you can increase your energy efficiency is with a smart thermostat. But there are some tips for getting the most out of it. Here are 3 of them:
1. Keep Your Schedule in Mind
Don’t program your thermostat based on morning and evening, weekday and weekend. Really consider your schedule when setting up your programming. You want your home to be comfortable, but you don’t want to create huge swings in temperature either, that will contradict trying to save energy. Create the largest blocks of temperature control you can while adjusting for when you need more and less cool or heat.
2. Keep Changes Moderate
When trying to prevent large temperature swings, keep your changes to between 4 and 6 degrees. When the changes are more moderate, you and your family members will be less likely to jump in and move it back the other way to compensate. Keeping temperatures consistent and any changes minor is the best way to make sure everyone is comfortable while also saving energy.
3. Take Advantage of Programmable Settings
Don’t forget to take advantage of vacation settings to increase your energy efficiency when you’re away from home. You want to maintain a temperature in your home that is safe for your home and your belongings, while also using less energy because no one is at home.
The best way to take advantage of a programmable thermostat is to actually program it. And then pay attention to your schedule and your comfort levels to fine-tune it to suit the needs of you and your family. For more information on programmable thermostats and increasing your energy efficiency, contact the team at H.H. Hovey by calling 336-768-2703 or by clicking here.