Smart thermostats are the way to go

 

                   My wife plus I have made our new year’s resolution which will benefit both of our lives, as well as the environment. Instead of worrying about diets plus how many pounds the people I we can drop, we are trying to do right by the environment by lowering our energy use. Our first step was to tackle our utility use… We’re usually extremely careful about our central heating use, but we both knew we could be better, especially since our control equipment was already so outdated to begin with.

                  Because we’ve only got a small budget to work with, we opted for a fairly basic programmable control unit. This equipment was less than thirty dollars, which is perfect for us! The negative is that the price tag comes with a lot of effort. While installing it was easy enough–we just had it done during our first Heating, Ventilation & A/C service visit of the year–getting it do exactly what we  wanted was not. We spent long hours programming our schedules into it; figuring out how to do so took an hour all by itself. But with the programmable control unit, there is no forgetting to turn down the heat before we go to work, plus remembering to change the settings when we go to bed.

              The programmable control equipment now does all the work for us, plus in doing so we’re saving on our utility costs! Since we got the current control unit, our oil furnace is burning the fuel a lot more slowly. Who knows; maybe the people I was with and I can get through the rest of Winter on the current tank…

dial thermostat