Energy Saving Programmable Thermostats

Common household appliances such as air-conditioning, electric oven, window air-conditioning, steamer, or electric water heater consume up to one-third of the total residential electricity used in the U.S. Each year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s U.S. Department of Energy Facts, about $25 billion in electricity is used just by everyday consumers.

The price for electricity is continuously rising. As a rule, consumers whose electricity bills exceed five hundred dollars every month are usually subjected to rate increases. Consumers should be aware of this non-favorable situation and take advantage of rate reductions and savings. To maximize energy savings, energy appliances can do a lot of the work for you and save you money. Energy saving programmable thermostats can work to save you a lot of money and reduce energy consumption in your house. So how do they work and what are the benefits of using them?

Programmable Thermostat

The basic concept of energy saving programmable thermostats can be adjusted year round based on the settings that you select. You should choose a program that you can operate during the winter and summer depending on the season when you use your HVAC system. Seasonal changes in energy consumption are often the best time to make your changes to save energy. Set your programmable thermostat to the highest possible degree that is tolerable during the summer, and reduce it during winter months. The basics of energy savings programmable thermostats involve heat and cold cycles. During the heating cycle, the system maintains indoor temperature above the set temperature. When the air-conditioning system turns off the heat cycle, the system normalizes the temperature within a few minutes. During this time, the system monitors the temperature of the home. The thermostat then adjusts the temperature based on the home’s setting, and once the weather warms up the system brings the temperature back to the cooler setting. As with many types of programmable thermostats, the closer the temperature is to the one of the coldest settings in the heater and the warmest setting in the summer, the less energy is used. 

Using a programmable thermostat can help your home minimize energy consumption by regulating the temperature of your home. Many programmable thermostats are programmable to reset automatically, but you can also have “demand” programs which will activate when the temperature falls below a pre-programmed temperatures. Many demand programs can be manually adjusted – you can even set them for the hottest or coldest temperatures of the day. You may want to have your programmable thermostat installed in addition to or instead of an automatic programmable thermostat. Automatic programs ensure consistent temperatures until the longer hours of the evening. You can vary your schedule by making your home slightly warmer or cooler depending on when you leave and come home. With an extended heating and cooling program you can even adjust the temperature at bedtime for colder temperatures.

For example, changing the programmable thermostat from 77 degrees at midnight to 77.5 degrees at 1 a.m. can save between 5 to 10 percent on your energy bills. Most energy consumption in your home is in the cooling cycle of the day. When you are away from home, start the temperature program low and then higher the temperature while you are gone for summer months and the opposite for winter months. Programmable thermostats are a great investment which you can use to cut energy costs and improve energy efficiency.