It makes a lot of sense that a programmable thermostat could help you reduce your energy usage. You simply program your thermostat to warm (or cool) your home when you’re actually there, then, when you’re away (or asleep), the thermostat switches off. As is often the case, though, practice is different than theory. The main problem is that most people don’t use programmable thermostats the way they’re intended.

Programmable thermostats can reduce energy consumption — if they’re used the right way. And you know what does make a difference in your heating and cooling costs? According to one recent study, your attitude toward conservation makes a really big difference in energy consumption. If you’re really motivated to save energy (for whatever reason), you’re more likely to use less energy. If you don’t care about saving energy, you’re likely to use more energy. And a programmable thermostat won’t change that!

But if you’re committed to saving money, then the first step is to pick the thermostat that best suits your scheduling needs so you can, “set it and forget it,” an approach the U.S. Energy Department advocates to get the most savings. Most programmable thermostats have a pre-programmed setting that’s supposed to be for the typical American family. But what family is typical these days? You need to adjust the thermostat’s settings, so it’s in sync with the life you and your family actually lead.

Before buying a programmable thermostat, identify the type of equipment used to heat and cool your home so you can check for compatibility. Otherwise, you may not reap the rewards of energy savings and may risk harming your heating and cooling equipment.

Once you’ve installed your thermostat, then analyze your family’s unique needs and energy consumption habits. That is the real key to finding the right balance between being comfortable and saving money. You can save 1% off your bill for every 1 degree of temperature difference. Take care to set your temperatures for the week with that in mind!

If you’re thinking of different ways to save money on your energy consumption costs, and would like help from the experts, get in touch with Altman’s Cooling and Heating by calling 321-300-1407 and we will work with you to ensure you are getting the maximum savings from your energy saving efforts by putting your thermostat on a timer! Give us a call today, and together we can develop a plan to help you save money while keeping your family comfortable!