3 Programmable Thermostat Myths
Programmable thermostats are an easy and effective way to carefully manage the temperature of your home and maximize your energy savings.
By allowing you to pre-set the temperature for different times of the day, you can ensure that your heating system isn’t running when it doesn’t need to.
Despite being an effective way to reduce your energy bill, there can be confusion and misinformation that deters people from purchasing
programmable thermostats. Here are three common myths you should never buy into:
- “It won’t save me money” – Using and setting a programmable thermostat helps reduce your energy bill. As the U.S. Department of Energy notes, using a programmable thermostat to turn your thermostat back 7°F for just eight hours each day can save you up to 10 percent on heating and cooling costs.
- “It’s too expensive” – You can find programmable thermostats at big box hardware stores for as little as $30. With the average price of winter heating bills ranging from $1,000 – $3,000 (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration ), a programmable thermostat would pay for itself the first month
you use it.
- “Outside sources control it” – The only person that controls their programmable thermostat is you! There is no possible way for a utility company or government entity to control your programmable thermostat.
By this time of the year, many of us are feeling the pain from heating bills that always seem to be growing. Take a proactive step to reduce your heating and cooling costs by purchasing a programmable thermostat. If you already own one, click here for tips to maximize its effectiveness.