Programmable Thermostat Overview 
 
For Electric & Natural Gas Customers

Properly using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways you can save energy, money, and help fight global warming. A programmable thermostat helps you to save by offering you programming options to regulate the temperature in both summer cooling and winter heating - when you are present or away.

Programmable thermostats can store several temperature settings so that you can program your heating or air conditioning system specifically to your needs. Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, they can be reset to the normal setting.

A common misconception associated with thermostats is that the heating system works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10º to 15º for eight hours. By installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule.
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