ENERGY SAVERS - Pat Wattam

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ENERGY SAVERS - Pat Wattam

Hot Winter TipUsing a programmablethermostat, you can automaticallyturn down your heat at night orwhen you are not at home.Cool Summer TipIn the summer, you can savemoney by automatically turningyour air-conditioning up at night orwhen you are at work.Heating and Cooling14Programmable ThermostatsYou can save as much as 10% a yearon your heating and cooling bills bysimply turning your thermostat back10% to 15% for 8 hours. You can dothis automatically by installing anautomatic setback or programmablethermostat.Using a programmable thermostat, youcan adjust the times you turn on theheating or air-conditioning accordingto a preset schedule. As a result, theequipment doesn’t operate as muchwhen you are asleep or when thehouse, or a part of it, is not occupied.Programmable thermostats can storeand repeat multiple daily settings(six or more temperature settings aday) that you can manually overridewithout affecting the rest of the dailyor weekly program. When shopping fora programmable thermostat, be sure tolook for the ENERGY STAR label.Air ConditionersBuying a bigger room air-conditioningunit won’t necessarily make you feelmore comfortable during the hotsummer months. In fact, a room airconditioner that’s too big for the areait is supposed to cool will perform lessefficiently and less effectively than asmaller, properly sized unit.Sizing is equally important for centralair-conditioning systems, which need tobe sized by professionals. If you havea central air system in your home, setthe fan to shut off at the same time asthe cooling unit (compressor). In otherwords, don’t use the system’s central fanto provide circulation, but instead usecirculating fans in individual rooms.Cooling Tips• Whole-house fans help cool your homeby pulling cool air through the houseand exhausting warm air through theattic.• Set your thermostat as high ascomfortably possible in the summer.The smaller the difference between theindoor and outdoor temperatures, thelower your overall cooling bill will be.• Avoid setting your thermostat at acolder setting than normal when youturn on your air conditioner. It willnot cool your home any faster andcould result in excessive cooling and,therefore, unnecessaryexpense.17736_bklet 14 10/23/08 7:37:13 PM