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Using your thermostat to save money on your energy bill this fall & winter

Posted on: August 26, 2013

It’s the end of August and summer is coming to an end. Soon you and other families throughout Montgomery County, Maryland (MD) and NW Washington, DC will be turning the dial up on your thermostat to keep warm during the colder autumn and winter months – but did you know that how you set your thermostat and where you install your HVAC thermostat can have a large influence on your heating bill? Here are a few tips on using your heating and cooling thermostat more effectively this winter to save you money on your next energy bill:

When you are not home for long period of time, turn down the temperature on your thermostat.

Keeping your temperature low prevents your heater from wasting energy warming up your house when you aren’t even going to be there. Not only will this reduce heating costs, but it will decrease energy costs for your freezer and refrigerator because they will not need to work as hard to keep your food and drinks cool.

Every week, reduce your thermostat’s temperature by 1 or 2 degrees.

Every degree can make a difference – in fact, for every 8 hours that you lower your thermostat by 1 degree, you save 1% off your energy bill! Gradually reducing your home’s temperature on a weekly basis will allow you to adjust to the cooler temperature set on your thermostat.

Turn down your thermostat by 5 – 10 degrees at night.

At night, when you are sleeping, you are generally comfortable and cozy in layers of blankets, so you are less aware of the cool temperature. Try turning down the thermostat by 5 or 10 degrees and raise the thermostat back in the morning. If you save 1% off your energy bill for every degree you lower your thermostat at, imagine if you reduce your thermostat by 5 times or even 10 times that much!

Wear more clothing layers.

By wearing more clothes, you can stay warmer and can endure cooler temperatures. As a result, your thermostat can be set at a lower temperature, while still keeping you comfortable.

Keep your thermostat away from heat and cold sources.

If your thermostat is located near cold or hot items, then your thermostat will report it being a lot colder or warmer than it actually is, making your HVAC system work when it is not needed. To get the most accurate reading of your home’s temperature, make sure your thermostat is out in the open and away from any objects.

Besides taking these steps, there’s one simple way to save money on your heating bill this winter – install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to easily control temperature, humidity and air treatment to give you the most comfortable air possible. These programmable thermostats offer heating and cooling scheduling, allowing you to customize your home’s temperature to your schedule. That way, when you don’t need any heat, your heater won’t be working – saving you a lot of money!

If you are interested in a programmable thermostat in Gaithersburg, contact James A. Wheat & Sons today to ask about our selection of HVAC controls and thermostats!