That’s a good question, since heating accounts for more than 50% of your electricity costs.
When the thermostat detects a difference between the temperature setting and the ambient temperature, it sends a start-up signal to heating devices such as baseboard heaters or a hot air furnace.
When the desired temperature is reached, the heating device stops providing heat. So you can save on your heating bill simply by lowering the temperature setting; you don’t have to turn the heat off altogether.
If you lower the temperature of certain rooms by several degrees, make sure you also close the doors to those rooms.
To maximize savings, we recommend you lower the temperature setting by two or three degrees at night or when you’re not at home.
We also recommend that you install programmable electronic thermostats so you can automatically change the temperature on schedule and increase it in advance of your return home. Visit our The Right Moves Web site for more energy-saving tips.