Has your energy bill been higher than you’d like it this summer? Many people find that hot summer days lead to extremely high electric bills at the end of the month. It can get pretty rough, especially if you live on the second or third floor of a building. Optimizing your thermostat can help you save money and energy. Since most homes are equipped with programmable thermostats these days (and some even have smart thermostats), it’s not too difficult to save a few extra bucks on air this fall, especially with cooler days headed our way. Even if you aren’t the type of person to turn your air off right after Labor Day, you’ll appreciate these tips for optimizing your programmable thermostat!
- Take advantage of all the different settings. Many different thermostats will allow you to set the temperatures differently for weekdays and weekends. For example, you could set your air to be on between the hours of 4:30 PM and 10 PM – the times that you’re home and awake during the week. If you’re the kind of person that’s out all weekend, you can program your air to be off altogether for just those 2 days. Some models even allow you to program set temperatures day by day.
- Try to set temperatures in 8-hour increments. You save the most money during the day if your thermostat is set higher or off for at least 8 hours. It’s also a good idea to find out what your energy company considers peak times for air. Some companies will charge more during those hours. BGE peak times for summer is 10 AM to 8 PM. If you aren’t home during those hours, it’s best to have your air off altogether.
- Use the hold feature when you go out of town. You’ll end up costing yourself more money than necessary if you leave your schedule up while you’re on vacation or out of town. Using the hold feature will allow you to hold the temperature at whatever you set it to before you leave. For example, 78 to 80 degrees is optimal for your air conditioning unit. If you know you’ll be gone for a few days, program your thermostat to 80 degrees and hit hold. Just remember to turn off the hold when you return home to get your normal settings back.
HVAC Energy Savings
Another way to ensure that you’re saving money on air conditioning and the use of your HVAC unit is to schedule regular maintenance. Regular maintenance will keep your HVAC unit running efficiently and well. Coupled with your programmable thermostat, you could save hundreds of dollars in the span of a year. If you have any questions about HVAC maintenance, programmable thermostats or wish to schedule an appointment, call us at (410)-902-0020. You can also use our online contact form. You will be contacted by a member of our support staff within 24 business hours.
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