What you should know about your Thermostat this Summer?

With the summer temps already hitting 90°F, we’re all cranking up the AC by bringing our thermostats to the lowest settings possible. But, did you know that maintaining these low temperatures is doing a number on your electricity bill? If you are maintaining your house temperature at 68° all day long, you are paying at least 10-15% more on your electricity bill. For just eight hours per day, setting your thermostat 10-15° higher will save that wasted energy. Do this when you’re asleep and out at work to maximize your savings, which can range from 1-3% per degree higher.
By installing a programmable thermostat, you can let the thermostat do all the temp setting for you. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature for different parts of the day, and it will turn your AC on or off when the trigger temperatures are reached. You can set the thermostat to be 68° from the time you get home to when you go to bed, set it to 78° while you are asleep, 72° in the morning as you get ready for work, and 78° while at work. This can net you a significant savings on electricity usage.
Programmable thermostats are not for everyone, though. While they aren’t very complicated to program, they do have limitations with certain types of heating equipment. Heat pumps work like an air conditioner in cooling mode, but in heating mode, setting the temperature below your preferred temp is actually inefficient for the system. Any savings you would gain from lowering the temperature, you would lose to the inefficiency. Electric resistance systems like baseboard heating requires a special line voltage programmable thermostat to run.
with steam and radiant heat systems, it can take hours to reach the set temperature on your thermostat. Some newer programmable thermostats can “learn” how to optimize your heating needs around this, but you can also set the thermostat to begin warming up a few hours before waking up or coming home.
To further maximize your energy savings, set the thermostat a little higher than normal for your at-home temperature. Remember, you can save 1-3% per degree over the course of eight hours when you raise your thermostat higher. Closing blinds or curtains during the day will keep out extra sunlight and also keep you home cooler. This means that you won’t hit the “on” temperature as often, and you’ll hit the “off” temperature more quickly. By optimizing your home to take advantage of airflow and shade, you can vastly improve the efficiency of your AC.
You have the power to choose the best method for heating and cooling your home. In addition to saving electricity and therefore money, you could switch to a new provider that offers cheaper electricity rates. You can also pick a plan that offers renewable energy options to contribute to the well-being of the environment as well.