As a homeowner (or even a renter), heating and cooling is one of the largest recurring expenses you will have to deal with. Space heating and cooling is responsible for the largest portion of our energy consumption, and it isn’t even close. In the average household, heating and cooling accounts for 40-50% of total energy costs.
So, when we are looking for ways to lower our energy bills, it makes sense to start by looking at heating and cooling. One of the best ways to save money on this is by installing a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are just what they sound like. They automatically adjust the temperature of your home based on your personal, preset preferences. This can help you save money by using less energy at times of the day where it’s not needed.
For example, let’s say your house is empty from 8:00AM – 5:00PM. You don’t need to heat an empty home, but you also don’t want to come home from work to an ice box, so you are forced to make a sacrifice. With a programmable thermostat, you can have the best of both worlds. You don’t have to pay to heat your home all day, but you can have the heat turn on at about 4:00, so it is nice and warm by the time you arrive.
Programmable thermostats obviously require an upfront investment, usually less than $100. With such an affordable price tag, they quickly pay for themselves with the year-round energy savings that they provide. In fact, even Nest’s Learning Thermostat, which starts at $250, has proven to pay for itself in only two years.
Devine Bros. offers energy-efficient heating equipment installations to Fairfield County, Connecticut. Trust us to properly install your furnace, boiler, or hot water heater in order to maximize efficiency. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.