Posted by: admin | June 1, 2011

Programmable Thermostats: A Great Way to Save from IDT Energy

Programmable Thermostat for Summer Savings

Summer is fast approaching, and soon it will be time to begin running the air conditioner to survive through one more muggy, hot New York summer. Here are some recommendations from IDT Energy to help get you through.

• Set your thermostat high: Try keeping your central air conditioner’s thermostat at around 78 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. That is ideal. If you normally set the thermostat to 72 degrees, then you will save between 12% and 47% on your bill, depending on the weather.

• Setting the thermostat extra low does NOT cool the house down more quickly, it just gets the temperature lower than you want it, and wastes money also.

• If you can get yourself a programmable thermostat. These handy inventions allow you to change the temperature setting at different times of the day. For instance, when you are at work, there is no need for any air-conditioning, but when you get home, wouldn’t it be nice if the house was already called down by the time you got there? You can also set the thermostat to turn off the air at night when you are asleep, but to go on again when you awake, so that your mornings are cool, too. With a programmable thermostat you get the best of both worlds: a cool house and great energy savings, too.

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