For most folks who find themselves away from home for a good portion of the day, a programmable thermostat offers many benefits. Conventional wisdom says one of the biggest is lower energy bills resulting from more efficient heating and air conditioning use. Unfortunately, multiple studies actually show this not to be the case. The reason why: those anticipated savings are entirely dependent on the homeowner’s programming skills.
The bottom line: Before a programmable thermostat can ever begin to reduce your energy bill, you’ll first need to expend a little energy of your own and learn how to properly use it.
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