Saving Money with a Programmable Thermostat

Posted: June 20, 2016

Electronic programmable thermostat

Posted: June 20, 2016
Posted by: David O’Connell, President Wilson Oil and Propane

Homeowners have found that changing from a manual thermostat to a programmable model offers many benefits. These include:

1. Saving Money

The biggest benefit of programmable thermostats is cost savings. For every degree you raise or lower the temperature in your home during the heat of the summer or the cold of winter, you can save up to 2 percent on your utility bill. You can create a schedule that follows your family’s routine, and keeps the temperature cool or warm while you’re there, while easing up on energy usage when you’re not.

2. A Consistent Temperature

Programmable thermostats can run at a constant level and enable you to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home. By using a programmable thermostat, your family and friends can feel more comfortable in your home all year long, and you can avoid major hot or cold spots in different areas of your house.

3. Increase Your Home’s Efficiency

Keeping your home energy-efficient is one of the top maintenance issues that homeowners think about throughout the change of seasons. A more efficient home can utilize its resources more effectively and bring less wear and tear to major appliances and systems. Using a programmable thermostat can increase your system’s efficiency.

4. Keep Your HVAC System Optimized

If your HVAC system is older or not as efficient as it had been previously, you may want to try pairing it with a programmable thermostat to help it do its job. When you reduce the workload and help your appliance work at its best, this can give it a little more time to get you through the season.

5. Take Advantage of Time

With a programmable thermostat you can take advantage of the different times of day and the temperature variations depending on the position of the sun and the season. When the morning or afternoon sun starts to heat up your home during the peak times of the summer months, you can adjust your cooling schedule. Likewise, during the colder parts of the year, you can reduce your heating power and let the warmth of the sun help take over the warming duties.

6. Use High Tech Tools

Newer models of programmable thermostats are equipped with Wi-Fi ability that allows you to control your thermostat using a laptop, tablet or smartphone. If you are away from home and notice an unseasonably warm or cold day back home, you can adjust the temperature of your house thermostat easily from your device.

7. Maximize Zoned Heating and Cooling

Different zones around your home can already increase your home’s energy efficiency. A programmable thermostat in each zone, gives you the ability to customize the comfort level throughout your entire home.

Investing in a programmable thermostat can be one of the most cost effective investments for your home. Click here to learn more about programmable thermostat options for your home.

At Wilson Oil and Propane, we are ready to assist you. Learn how you can save money by making small changes in the home. Give us a call at 610-566-7600.