Thinking Green

Save Energy with a Programmable Thermostat

By: Danny Lipford

Programmable thermostats save energy by automatically adjusting the temperature in your home when you’re away. Simply set the program to your schedule, and the thermostat does the rest. This can reduce your energy bill by up to $180 a year.

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If I had to make up a top ten list of my favorite toys I had as a kid, the Super Ball would have to be on it. But today, I want to use it as an example of a simple way to think green. One of the best things you can add to your home to save money and energy is a programmable thermostat. It works by automatically regulating the temperature in your home when you’re away, and it does this all year long. Think of this as the programmable thermostat. Once you set the program, you don’t have to do anything else. When you’re gone, the thermostat automatically will raise or lower the temperature in your home. It will be warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter. But, before you get back, it automatically returns the temperature to your comfort level. Believe it or not, you can save about $180 every year with this one simple device and it’s a change that won’t even affect your daily life since it all takes place when you’re not there. Plus, it’s nice having some of those energy dollars bounce back into your pocket.



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