You can save as much as 10% on cooling bills by turning the thermostat up a few degrees for eight hours each day, and you can do that automatically by installing a programmable thermostat. These devices allow you to adjust the times your air conditioning operates according to a preset schedule that you create to match your lifestyle.

For example, this summer you could program the thermostat to let the house be a few degrees warmer during the daytime while you’re away at work. Then, just before you arrive home in the evenings, it would bring the temperature back down to a comfortable level. If you decide to take the day off and stay home, you can simply override the thermostat.

The best part is there’s no need for an electrician, because they’re easy to install and many are available for as little as $50.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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