If your house sits empty for part of the day,
there’s a way to save up to 10 percent on your heating and
cooling bill: Install a programmable thermostat.
You can program the thermostat to automatically turn
the heat down by 10 to 15 percent during hours of the day when
everybody’s out. Then, it will crank the heat back up right
before you’re scheduled to return, so it’s warm and
comfortable by the time you get home.
It works overnight, too; most people sleep comfortably at cooler
temperatures than they like during the day. So program your thermostat
to cool the house slightly while you’re snuggled under the covers
for extra savings on your energy bill.
Of course, you can do this manually as well. Turn the
heat down for eight hours a day, and you’ll save as much as 10
percent a year. Just don’t forget!