Lowering your thermostat while you’re sleeping can save 5-15% annually

Resetting your thermostat from daytime to nighttime can help you save money in your heating budget. Programmable thermostats it easy to automate your temperature based on your daily or weekly schedules.

Learn what thermostat settings can save you money and which programmable thermostats have the highest ratings.

Recommended thermostat settings for maximum savings

68° Fahrenheight is the magic thermostat setting when you’re home. This moderate keeps your home comfortably warm – and does not put your furnace into overdrive to heat the house a bit more. (Heating your home from cold temperatures uses much more energy!)

Lowering your thermostat 10-15° while you’re sleeping saves money

Energy.gov reports that lowering your thermostat 10-15° while you’re sleeping can save 5-15% annually. An eight hour reduction in temperature while you’re bundled under the covers can help you add up the savings. You could also lower the temperature while you’re at work during the day.

This same strategy can work in the summer!

Best programmable thermostats for your budget

Installing a programmable thermostat can shave $180 off your yearly energy bill. If the one in your home isn’t working, don’t settle. Before you buy, check out this Consumer Reports Thermostat Buying Guidewhich details different types of thermostat settings to consider for your lifestyle.

Here is a list of 3 of the best thermostats on the market right now.

  • Nest Learning Thermostat – $198
    Pros – Nest learns your heating/cooling preference and intelligently adjusts settings for peak efficiency. Smartphone app means you can adjust settings from anywhere.
    Cons – Some users think it’s automated settings are too difficult to manually override and create frustration.
  • Honeywell Lyric – $129
    Pros – Honeywell is an established thermostat brand name and provides great customer service. Also has a smartphone app.
    Cons – Accredited as one of the more difficult-to-use programmable thermostats.
  • Lennox iComfort Wi-Fi – $220
    Pros – Easy to use, has smartphone app, and offers a 5 year warranty
    Cons – Requires professional installation.

More Winter Energy Savings Tips

Make sure you check out the Kauffman blog for more ways to save energy in your home.