Set it and forget it – the benefits of a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat is one of the quickest, easiest and most inexpensive ways to save on energy bills year-round. The average household spends more than $1,200* in heating and cooling costs. Programmable thermostats – which cost between $50 to $200 – are a smart investment because they can reduce energy costs by as much as 15 percent, or about $180 annually*.
A programmable thermostat makes saving energy easy by controlling the heating and cooling settings in both the winter and summer. It’s like putting your house on “cruise control” by using preprogrammed settings that regulate the home’s temperature during the night and even while you’re on vacation. This type of thermostat automatically turns down the heat in the winter and turns up the cooling in the summer. A homeowner can save energy and money while still maintaining overall comfort.

Programmable thermostats are an easy energy-saving tool. Here are a few more energy savings tips:

– Always look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying a new thermostat.

– Use the pre-programmed settings to maximize energy savings.

– Heat pump systems require a special type of programmable thermostat. Consult with an energy advisor or a HVAC specialist to determine what will work best for your home.

– Be sure to have the thermostat installed correctly using a certified HVAC contractor.

Programmable thermostats offer a lot of value by maximizing energy savings without sacrificing comfort. Best of all, they can be tailored to match a family’s schedules. To learn more about buying and setting a programmable thermostat, contact Cass County Electric or visit

* figures from Touchstone Energy

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