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Healthy Home: Time and Money

One of the simplest, most cost effective ways to save a great deal of money this season is by using a programmable, or what’s called a “set back” thermostat. (WEYI/WSMH)

This Healthy Home report is sponsored by Holland Heating and Cooling.

One of the simplest, most cost effective ways to save a great deal of money this season is by using a programmable, or what’s called a “set back” thermostat.

At first glance, they may seem a bit intimidating, but actually they are very simple to program if you understand the basics. Let’s cover those basics today so I can show you how to save money and energy all season long and stay more comfortable as well.

Most basic programmable thermostats are referred to as 5 slash 2 (5/2) day thermostats. This refers to the program capabilities. For the most part, this is all most families need.

The 5 slash 2 simply refers to 5 days of similar programming and then the 2 days of the weekend being similar programming as well. As an example:

You’ll only have 2 sets of times to program into your thermostat. The first set will consist of a start time for your AC unit to come on in the morning, and then a time for it to go down or to “set itself back” so you can save energy, say like when you are off to work for instance. Then you’ll have the return time to bring the temperature back down, say when you get home from work and then finally the bed time to set it back for when you’re sleeping. That wasn’t so difficult was it? That was the first time setting and that will cover the 5 days during the week. Each of the weekdays , Monday thru Friday, will have those same settings automatically.

Now, we simply do it one more time to cover the 2 days of the weekend, where you may like to have the cool down and set back times a little different. It’s just as easy as that and now you’re done.

By using a set back thermostat, you can reduce your energy bills by adjusting the temperature automatically, whether you are home or away. For the average family, this can translate into well over $100 in energy savings the first year alone.

Let me encourage you, use a programmable thermostat. Save money and energy costs all year long. I have a feeling that this year, we’re really going to need it.

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