EPA Encourages Proper Use of Programmable Thermostats

When used correctly, Energy Star-qualified programmable thermostats can save money on energy bills and help fight global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. If consumers manage their heating and cooling schedules accordingly, a programmable thermostat can save about $180 a year on home energy bills.

You can program your thermostat for savings this summer by:

• Raising your home's usual temperature setting by 7 degrees when you're away and 4 degrees when you're asleep

• Using the "Vacation" and "Hold" features to manage temperatures while you're away from home for an extended period

• Resisting the urge to override the thermostat settings drastically, as this will not cool your home any faster and can cause your system to work harder, costing more on your energy bills.

Consumers can find important tips and resources at http://www.energystar.gov/pts , including proper use guidelines for setting and maintaining their thermostat, proper installation tips, and features of Energy Star qualified models as well as a new video podcast that guides homeowners through choosing the programmable thermostat that is right for them and setting it for maximum energy savings.

Businesses also can benefit from the proper use of programmable thermostats and facility controls, particularly during the summer months. Learn more about programmable thermostats and other tips to save energy in the workplace this summer at: http://www.energystar.gov/bizcooling.

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