The fall season means you can now raise the temperature on your thermostat. Cooler temperatures outside equal more ways to maximize the energy efficiency inside your home. Read on for a few ways you can find the best temperatures for your thermostat during the fall.
Choosing the Temperature While You’re Asleep
The Department of Energy estimates that turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for at least 8 hours can save you 5 to 10 percent off your energy bill. To achieve this in cooler weather, it’s a good rule of thumb to set the temperature on your thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re awake and lowering it when you’re asleep.
Setting the Temperature When You’re Away
You should also keep your thermostat at a lower temperature when you’re away from home. It’s good to set the temperature back between 8 to 10 degrees during this time. It may take a few adjustments to find a comfortable temperature.
Buying a Programmable Thermostat
The process is fairly easy to install a programmable thermostat. The trick to a programmable thermostat is establishing a set schedule so the temperature is lower when you don’t need it as much—such as when you’re sleeping or not at home.
The change from summer to fall brings cooler weather, but also signals a time when you can increase your energy efficiency. With just a few changes and these tips, you can save energy and keep your home comfortable all season long.