The Twelve Days of a Green Christmas…Second Day…

On the second day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…2 new thermostats…and a live Christmas tree!

Photo: Honeywell Programmable Thermostat Photo Credit: Cold Air AC

Programmable thermostats are a low cost addition to maintaining the comfort level of your home as well as reducing your monthly electric consumption.  Many of us leave in the morning and are gone most of the day and we don’t always remember to change the thermostat to a lower or higher setting while we are gone.  Then we come home and the house is really cold or really warm and it takes an hour or so before we are comfortable.  A programmable thermostat is ideal for anyone who is away for several hours a day, especially on a regular basis.

Installation of a new thermostat is fairly easy and can be tackled by many DIYers or hire an electrician who can usually install one in an hour.  Programmable thermostats cost around $40-100 and can save you around $180/year or more depending on the cost of electricity in your area.

To learn more about running your heating and cooling system more efficiently and help deciding on which type of programmable thermostat would be best for you, click here to view the EnergyStar.gov guide.

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