Old man winter has been blasting artic air from the north!  We'll be seeing a higher electric or gas bills as we crank up the thermostat. Staying warm and toasty is expensive, but a programmable thermostat can help prevent turning up the heat from burning a hole in your wallet.

Programmable vs. Manual. What’s the Difference?

A manual thermostat maintains the indoor temperature at a single level until the user turns it up or down. A programmable thermostat, on the other hand, raises and lowers the temperature based on the user’s preset chosen settings. You can set the thermostat to a cooler temperature when you leave for work and warm it back up just before you come home. Many programmable thermostats even allow the user to vary settings based on day of the week and multiple time periods in a 24 hour period.  This means that you can take advantage of time of use discounts if your local utility company offers a program for off-peak usage.

Choosing the Right Programmable Thermostat

The new thermostat you choose largely depends on the way your home is heated. Ask a certified HVAC specialist. A good general guideline is to opt for an Energy Star approved unit. For even more convenience and efficiency (and perhaps a higher initial investment), get a thermostat that you can set remotely from your computer and/or smart phone. And in order to get the most out of the thermostat, so your utility bill ends up costing you the least, set it so the temperature remains the same for no less than four hours at a time.

Most newer homes come outfitted with programmable thermostats, while many older homes still have manual ones. The good news for homeowners is upgrading your thermostat is easy and practical—a home improvement no-brainer!


Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger.  Luke 2:11-12

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