Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats automatically adjust your home's temperature settings, allowing you to save energy while you're away or sleeping.

Programmable thermostats:

  • are more convenient and accurate than manual thermostats and improve your home's comfort
  • contain no mercury
  • save energy and save money on utility bills - when used properly, about $150/year
  • are better for the environment, since using less energy helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production
Programmable thermostats earn the ENERGY STAR by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the government. These units save energy by offering 4 convenient, pre-programmed temperature settings - settings that try to anticipate when it's convenient for you to scale back on heating or cooling.

If you are like many homeowners and work outside the home during the day and have a different schedule on the weekend, a programmable thermostat can offer many benefits, and the return on your investment is usually within 1 year.

On the other hand, if you are home throughout the day, seven days a week, then a programmable thermostat will offer more limited benefits.

Thermostat Settings

Edmond Electric recommends a thermostat setting of 78 degrees when using air conditioning and a thermostat setting of 70 degrees when heating is used. For example a thermostat setting of 75 degrees may cost up to 24% or more than a setting of 78 degrees on air conditioning costs. Use this thermostat chart to measure your potential costs or savings by adjusting your thermostat setting.

Source: Energy Star
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