Money Saving Tips for Using the Thermostat

With the cold days upon us, the first thing we want to do is to turn up the temperature and keep ourselves warm all day long. The thermostat provides an easy way to adjust the room temperature, but as much as we love to instantly turn up the heat, we also have to pay attention so that we don’t face a huge surprise in our energy bill.

Here are a few tips you can follow when it comes to your thermostat use:

  • Programmable thermostats are ideal if you want to adjust the temperature at desired times. Use this device to set the temperature higher in the morning and lower when you need to go to sleep or work.
  • When using a programmable thermostat, make sure to avoid manual overrides to reduce energy consumption. As much as possible, let the set points do their work and manually override only if necessary.
  • Turn your thermostat down whenever you have more people in the house. Each person adds body heat to the room, so the more people you have, the warmer the room will become.  It’s a perfect time to lower your thermostat and save energy.
  • A sudden shift in your thermostat will not heat or cool the house in an instant. In fact, it will only waste a huge amount of energy. Make sure to only change the temperature gradually.
  • Setting your thermostat high will use more energy. To help you get adjusted to lower temperatures, so you can save on energy costs, try to gradually lower your thermostat by one degree for a few days or one week. Then, lower it again to another degree once you become accustomed to that lower level.
  • When leaving the house for a few hours, turn your thermostat down a few degrees, so it will use less energy while you’re gone. But, if you need to go away for a few days, don’t turn off your thermostat. Instead, lower it to a level of 55 F, so that it uses less energy, but so that it also prevents your water pipes from freezing and bursting.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors





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