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Managing Your Thermostat

MANAGING YOUR THERMOSTAT For Optimum HVAC Performance THE COST TO HEAT AND COOL YOUR HOME MAKES UP ABOUT 54% OF YOUR UTILITY BILLS. So how do you keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer without sweating the bill each month? MAKE ADJUSTMENTS Your home: A 1 DAY +1° Making simple changes, like turning the thermostat up or down in the summer Refrigerator: ONE DEGREE, O 29 DAYS -1" can provide enough savings in one month to be able to power: 50-inch TV 40 DAYS in the winter UPGRADE YOUR FURNACE 35% The amount of fuel usage a high-efficiency furnace cuts Homeowners can save up to 25% A YEAR in heating costs An energy efficient fan motor can save 20-50% of the energy needed to continuously operate a fan BE MINDFUL OF THE SEASON SUMMER WINTER Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable (68 degrees is recommended). On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours. Use LED holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. CONSIDER A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT Most newer thermostats have touchscreens and the ability to be accessed from your mobile phone or tablet. Today's programmable thermostats make it easy to regulate your home's more user-friendly TEMPERATURE AND ENERGY USE CHECK YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS Weather stripping and caulking can save homeowners approximately UP TO 30% $150 PER YEAR of a home's heating and cooling costs can be lost through poorly fitted windows and doors. on their energy bill. UP YOUR INSULATION If your current insulation is less than R-30 (11 inches of fiberglass or rock wool or 8 inches of cellulose), you could probably benefit by adding more. Add more insulation in the attic. Just a 5% saving in energy costs can SAVE UP TO $20 TO $70 PER YEAR Florida Power & Light Company U.S. Department of Energy http://energy.govlenergysaverlarticles/tips-programmable-thermostats http:/lenergy http:/lenergy govlenergysavet/articlesall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips -and-summer-energy-saving-tips Direct Energy Dave Borowski, Spokesperson for Direct Energy, Director of Technical Training CPL Retail Energy Direct Energy. Protection Plans

Managing Your Thermostat

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The cost to heat and cool your home makes up about 54% of your utility bills. Here are a few ways to cut those costs.


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