A typical household uses the bulk of its energy for heating and cooling — up to 44% of the utility bill, according to the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN).
A Programmable thermostat can reduce energy wasted heating or cooling a house when no one is home or everyone’s asleep.
According to the Home Energy Saver site, Energy Star programmable thermostats can save as much as 20% to 30% on your heating or cooling costs by allowing for multiple daily settings and automatically adjusting when the outside temperature changes. Participating manufacturers include Honeywell, Hunter Fan and Smart Systems International. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to search for programmable thermostats by Energy Star status. Instead, keep an eye out for those with features typical of the Energy Star thermostats: temperature recovery systems, two programs and four temperature settings.
A Great tip to keep cool and save money!