Set Your Thermostat for Max Savings
on Wednesday, December 26, 2018
One of the simplest and most impactful ways to save energy is to install a programmable thermostat and set the temperature to automatically adjust.
When CFU Energy Services staff members visit customer homes, they often notice that programmable thermostats have not been set up. With a little effort to set the schedule on your thermostat, you save money and maintain the comfort of your home.
To maximize savings, keep the temperature set at energy efficient points for long periods of time, at least eight hours. For example, set it to run less during the day when no one is at home or while your family is sleeping.
Some new digital smart thermostats make it even easier. By learning from your behavior, preferences and how quickly your home can heat or cool, smart thermostats automatically set a schedule that keeps your house comfortable and help you save energy.
With a mobile app, you can control your smart thermostat from anywhere. Plus, using your phone’s location, the thermostat will know if you’ve left the house and set itself to an eco temperature.
When you do manually adjust your thermostat, don’t set it to extreme temperatures. Cranking your unit up to 90 degrees or down to 40 degrees, for example, will not heat or cool your house any faster.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat in your home, consider upgrading. CFU offers a $50 rebate for eligible WiFi enabled thermostats. Learn more at cfu.net/save-energy.
*The print version of this newsletter article included a graphic with an error. The 2019 rebate amount for an eligible WiFi enabled thermostat is $50, not to exceed 60% of the cost.