The average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills - nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. Setting back your thermostat or using a programmable thermostat allows you to use less energy without sacrificing comfort. By properly setting and maintaining the thermostat settings, homeowners can save about $100 a year.
Programmable thermostats help you save with programmable settings that regulate your home's temperature in both summer and winter - and when you are asleep or away. These settings are intended to save energy and money without sacrificing your family's comfort. The key is to establish a program that automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don't need as much.
If you've already set back the temperature on your thermostat, you can gain additional savings by leaving the fan switch on your thermostat set to "auto." Setting the fan to "on" will cause it to run all the time, whether or not heating or cooling is needed. Those extra hours of operation add unnecessary costs to your annual electric bill.
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