Reducing Energy Consumption: Programmable Thermostat

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Many of the Greener Living Blog contributors are graduating from Ohio University and will soon be moving into their very own apartments and houses. As future renters and homeowners we all need to keep in mind that reduction of energy consumption equals a lower monthly utility bill. Outfitting our homes to reflect these reductions not only saves us money, but also decreases carbon emissions into the atmosphere and can hopefully translate to reducing waste in other areas of our lifestyles.

According to Energy Star, “The energy used in the average house is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car.” This alarming number implies that big steps must be taken to confront and offset emissions. We can do so by making small steps in the home. One appliance that helps offset household emissions and most homeowners are already equipped with is a programmable thermostat. There are many significant benefits that come with switching from a manual thermostat to a programmable thermostat. Many of these benefits include climate control, utility bill savings, and the offset of carbon emissions.

You wouldn’t think of spending much time in front of your thermostat. “89% of programmable thermostats waste energy, about $173 a year, on average. They’re so complicated that most people don’t bother to program them. Programmable thermostats can be helpful in adapting to your changing lifestyle. The newest advanced models have  colorful touchscreen displays, are an engaging, and an interactive experience. They offer separate programs for each day of the week, and can even alert you if service is required.

Some have high definition screen displays resembling a mini-computer more than a traditional thermostat. Some can even display outdoor conditions and humidity with an add-on sensor.

Advanced programmable thermostats can be controlled away from home using your smart phone or other device. Most basic thermostats can be easily self-installed in an hour and available at an affordable price range while managing your home’s HVAC performance. A few of the more advanced programmable thermostats can even control the lighting, music, window treatment motors, among other household amenities via the internet/device.

Homeowner’ have the ability to save money by taking the time to set up their programmable thermostat correctly. By doing so, the benefit of lower utility bills, more climate control and comforatbility, and most importantly less carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

To learn more about programmable thermostats, go to: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=thermostats.pr_thermostats_features

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