How to Adjust to Higher Thermostat Temperatures to Yield Energy Savings

How to Adjust to Higher Thermostat Temperatures to Yield Energy Savings

Your programmable or smart thermostat can help you save money on your utility bill all year long. By cutting back on energy use just a few degrees, particularly at the height of summer and during winter at its coldest, you can enjoy significant savings. Augment this energy cutback with energy-saving measures that also help you stay comfortable when you reduce your A/C or heating use.

Here’s how to enjoy greater energy savings.

Program Your Thermostat for Savings

Homeowners can set their thermostat back as much as 7-10 degrees summer or winter during spans of time when the home’s occupants are away or sleeping. Start at 7-10 degrees warmer in the summer to see if it’s bearable, and adjust from there in 1 degree increments if it’s not. Program the HVAC system to ramp up at a more ideal temperature for those times when the occupants are up and about in the home.

For instance, a temperature of 72 degrees might be comfortable for you during the mornings and evenings in summer. But at night and when you’re leaving home for the day, you might raise the thermostat by 7-10 degrees.

Whatever temperature you choose, stress to the home’s occupants that they should not adjust the thermostat manually and deviate from the programming. Stress that lowering the thermostat dramatically will not cool off the home any faster; it will just make the air conditioner run longer.

Feeling Cooler or Warmer, Using Less Energy

  1. Add ceiling fans or portable fans to help people cool off if they feel too warm at the adjusted temperatures. Ceiling fans use very little energy and are recommended for summer as a way to cool off, and in winter, as a way to push heat down from the ceiling by reversing the blade direction.
  2. Seal air leaks throughout the home so that conditioned air doesn’t leak out of minute cracks in the walls and foundation.
  3. Block sunlight in summer by closing drapes and shades; in winter, let sunlight in.

For more about using the thermostat for energy savings, contact Aggressive Mechanical. We serve Neptune Township.

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