Energy Saving Tips: Programmable Thermostats
I understand, you are a super diligent person that adjusts the thermostat every time you leave the home or go to sleep. You are never in a hurry or tempted by the cool air to let the air conditioning keep running so it is easier for you to fall asleep.
However, I am not. For those of you like me, invest in a programmable thermostat. Lets say you go to bed at 10pm. You want the air cool enough to fall asleep easily, but you know the A/C should not be on 76F all night long. Set your programmable thermostat to change to 80F at 10:30pm and you can get the best of both worlds. If nobody is home during the day, set the temperature higher then as well.
It still remains up to you to be willing to take the time to adjust the temperature when you leave the house to run errands, when going on vacation, etc.
Energy Saving Tips: Raise the Temperature
There are a lot of ways for you to be more comfortable in a higher temperature, like using ceiling fans. You can also take a cool shower, or even fully invest yourself in the phrase “…there is only so much you can take off.” However, if your air conditioner is still going to be used, use it at a higher temperature.
Here is what we are doing: Last year we set our A/C to 74F. This year it is at 76F. And you know what… sometimes it feels too cold. We use ceiling fans all day long so that the A/C only comes on when it is needed the most. Overnight the temperature is set to 80F.
Come next summer we might try 78F during the day. By doing it this way we can acclimate ourselves to the new temperatures over time, while still saving some money immediately.
How to be Energy Efficient
You can be more energy efficient by first recognizing that cooling the air is the #2 use of electricity in your home. Focusing your efforts here can save you a lot more money than simply turning out the lights as you leave a room.
Slowly acclimate yourself to a warmer environment by slowly raising the thermostat on your central air conditioning unit. Offset the added heat by using ceiling fans to help you feel cool – as these use a lot less energy than keeping the air conditioner on. Following these tips will save you money while also letting you stay comfortable throughout the summer.