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In these tough economic times, we're all looking to save money wherever we can. We're also more aware than ever of the effect our energy use is having on the planet. Using a programmable thermostat as part of your heating and cooling system is a quick and easy way to reduce both your carbon and dollar output.
How programmable thermostats work
These devices give you highly customisable control over your heating and cooling system, including timing, temperatures and which areas to heat or cool.
Heating and cooling when you want
You can set your system to keep the air conditioning at a minimum while you're at work, and have it start up an hour before you arrive home. This means 8 hours of lowered energy without having to walk into an oven after a hard day's work.
During winter, you can lower your house's temperature overnight, only to have it warm up again at sunrise. No more huddling in bed dreading that first step on the cold tiles!
Heating and cooling where you want
Many houses have large areas that are heated or cooled even though they are rarely used. Programmable thermostats allow you to keep the A/C off in your spare bedroom all summer but turn it on with the touch of a button when Mum and Dad come to stay.
Save money, save the planet
Using a programmable thermostat to reduce heating or cooling when you're not at home can reduce your energy usage by about 15% per year.
Costs of a programmable thermostat
Check to see if your system already has a programmable thermostat. If not, stand-alone models start at about $100, but it's worth paying a little more for one that will provide the most efficient customisation. Remember that if you use your programmable thermostat correctly, you'll make this money back in energy savings very soon.
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