With energy costs constantly on the rise there are tons of gimmicks out there that say they will save you money. People always want to know what’s for real and what’s not. The programmable thermostat is one that sounds too good to be true but it isn’t.
These devices can be set to automatically turn your thermostat back 10-15 degrees when the house is empty. By doing this, you can save up to 15% a year on your heating bill. For an average household with a utility bill of $125 a month, that means an annual savings of up to $225.
Obviously this works best if you have a consistent schedule that leaves the house empty for long periods of time. Programming some of these units can be complicated, so make sure you are comfortable with the functions of the unit before install it.
The one exception here is a home with a heat pump. A typical programmable thermostat can actually make a heat pump less energy efficient, but there are newer hybrid thermostats that can be used with these systems as well.