This is Day 15 of the Green in 365 series!
One of the best ways to save energy and save money during the winter months is to turn down your thermostat at least 2 degrees during the day and 5 or more degrees at night.
And, if you want to take it a step further, you can install a programmable thermostat, if you don’t have one already, which will make this even easier, because you can program your thermostat to turn down automatically when you are away from home and while you are sleeping, and turn back up in the morning and when you return home.
We installed a programmable thermostat several years ago, and it makes keeping our home at a lower temperature much easier. We are keeping our home a little warmer than usual this winter because of having a little baby at home. In the past we have kept it between 64-66° during the day, and 62° at night, but this year we are keeping it around 65° at night and 68° during the day.
I’ve found different statistics online, but basically for every degree that you turn your thermostat down, you will use 3-5% less energy and could save anywhere from 2-10% on your heating bill, depending on how much you turn it down and for how long.
From what I’ve read, the savings are most significant if you can keep your heat turned down for at least 8 hours in a row. We try to turn our heat up for a few hours in the morning, just to start off the day a little warmer, and then again before bed. But we try to keep it lower for 8 hours during the day, and then again for 8 hours overnight.
What temperature do you keep your thermostat set to during the winter? Have you installed a programable thermostat? Do you turn your heat down overnight, or during the day while you are away from home?
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