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HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE COOL AND STILL SAVE MONEY
6/14/2016

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE COOL AND STILL SAVE MONEY
 
 Your home should be comfortable, especially during the warm summer months.  But if you are like most homeowners, you are probably concerned about controlling your energy usage and costs.
 
One simple solution to managing your heating and cooling system is to adjust your thermostat settings, according to your habits and preferences.
 
During warm or hot summer months, it’s generally recommended that you set your home's cooling system to 76 degrees Fahrenheit when you are home. If you will be out of the house for six or more hours, consider raising the setting so the cooling system only comes on if the temperature tops 88 degrees Fahrenheit. Some experts estimate that for every degree you set your thermostat over 78 degrees in the summer, you could save approximately six to eight percent off your home energy bill, per degree.
 
So, keeping your home's temperature just a bit higher and using the best settings for spring and summer can ultimately help save you money.
 
Another money-saving option is to install a programmable thermostat in your home.  This will allow you to run a scheduled heating and cooling program without having to remember to manually change your settings throughout the day. Most programmable thermostats are able to automatically adjust the temperature in your home up to six or more times per day. You can also manually override the automatic settings if you need to at any time without interrupting the daily or weekly programming.
 
In the summer months, raising your home's cooling temperature to over 76-78 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours per day — a typical work day — can make a significant difference in your energy bills.
 
 
Here are a few tips and benefits of a programmable thermostat from Energy Star:
  • Install your thermostat away from heating or cooling registers, appliances, lighting, doorways, fireplaces, skylights and windows and areas that receive 
  • direct sunlight or drafts. Interior walls are best. Keep the thermostat set at energy-saving temperatures for long periods of time, 
  • such as during the day when no one is home and at bedtime. Set the "hold” button at a constant energy-saving temperature when going away for the weekend or on vacation.
  • Change your batteries each year if your programmable thermostat runs on batteries. Some units will indicate when batteries must be changed.
Ultimately, your home's comfort level is determined by who lives within the home. When considering your settings, ask yourself: "What indoor temperature will provide both personal comfort for my family and cost efficiency?" You’ll probably have to play around with your settings and survey your family members to gauge their response. After all, some people like a home that is warm and some prefer a cooler environment. If you haven't been consciously managing your temperature settings up to now, you might be surprised how changing your settings just a little up or down will provide you with the same comfort you have previously enjoyed in your home.
 
 
Regardless of your preference, adjusting your thermostat — either manually or with a programmable thermostat — will ultimately help you save money. 

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