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How to Save Money While Conserving Energy at Home

Strategies to help you save money and energy.

How to Save Money While Conserving Energy at Home

Household heating and cooling costs can add up and ignoring ways to save doesn’t just mean possible money down the drain. Wasted energy consumption can be unsustainable as well as damaging to the environment.

So what can you do about this? One easy strategy is dialing your thermostat up or down to minimize the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Energy, which also provides the following energy conservation guidelines regarding seasonal thermostat settings1:

  • Winter – Set the thermostat to a high reading of 68 degrees Fahrenheit while in your home and even lower when asleep or away for long periods.
  • Summer – Set the thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit while the house is occupied and higher when it’s empty.

Cutting bills, boosting energy savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners can reduce energy bills by as much as 10 percent by simply setting the thermostat, during an 8-hour period, to a reading that’s 7– 10 degrees higher or lower than the average reading. You might do this midday while everyone is at work or school, or overnight during cold months.

Today’s technology can help; smart thermostats can “learn” your temperature preferences2. Many offer such advanced features as auto-schedule and home/away assist. Homeowners can program the thermostat once and let it maintain temperature readings that will provide comfort when the family’s around to enjoy it. The device can then automatically dial to a less comfortable setting when the family’s away, reducing energy bills and protecting the environment with no comfort loss.

It’s a lot easier to make a big difference and contribute to a greener planet than you might think. Check out Energy Saver for more smart tips on saving money while reducing your energy footprint.

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  1. From: Thermostats at
  2. From Energy Star: Smart Thermostats