Take Control of Your Thermostat
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Set it back
For
Setback In Winter




First-year savings:
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Thermostat Settings

Energy-saving benefits

  • For your heating bills: By setting back just 3° Fahrenheit, you could save $74 per heating season. Bigger setbacks save even more.
  • For your air-conditioning bills: If we all reduce our air conditioner use by 10% this summer, we could save enough electricity for 2,400 homes.
  • For our community: If we all set back our thermostats by 1° Fahrenheit this winter, we could save enough gas for 3,100 homes.

Heating fiction and facts

Fiction: It costs as much or more to heat a home back up after a setback. (Or to cool the house after a summer setup.)

Fact: The longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more heat you save.

Fiction: The house will warm up faster the higher the thermostat is raised.

Fact: The thermostat isn't like the gas pedal on a car. It's either calling for heat or not, so setting the thermostat too high may cause you to overshoot the desired temperature.

Fiction: The kids will kick off the covers and get cold.

Fact: Children can regulate their body temperature just like adults, so they don't need different temperature settings. If they kick off the covers, try dressing them in two sets of pajamas with feet or using a sleeping bag.

The more you set back, the more you save

Set back 8 hours
per day
16 hours
per day
24 hours
per day
5%
10%
15%
7%
14%
21%
11°
11%
22%
33%
13°
13%
26%
39%

Check with your doctor if you have a medical condition that requires different temperatures. If you have had problems with pipes freezing during extremely cold weather, correct the problem before setting back.

Recommended thermostat settings

  Winter Summer
When you're home: 68°* 78°
When you're not at home: 55°* 85°
When you're sleeping: 55°* 78°

*Or as low as health permits. Check the owner's manual if turning down the temperature for more than 24 hours.

Manual setback

You can get the same savings adjusting the thermostat by hand, it's just less convenient. You may forget to change the temperature at bedtime or when leaving the house. Some people don't like waiting for the house to warm up after turning up the heat.

Programmable (automatic setback) thermostats:

  • Offer comfort and convenience.
  • Turn on the heat before you get out of bed in the morning or before you come home in the evening.
  • Never forget to change the temperature.

Where to buy

For do-it-yourself installation:

  • Hardware stores
  • Home improvement stores
  • Some discount stores

Typical prices are $30 to $100.

Thermostat manufacturers and support

For more information about thermostat models and operations manuals, follow these manufacturers' links:

Recycling old thermostats

To help reclaim and recycle mercury, we offer customers a thermostat-recycling program. Bring your old thermostat to our general office at 623 Railroad St. anytime during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. We'll make sure it is recycled appropriately.

Special heating systems

Heat pumps, electric heaters and boilers may require special thermostats. Check for compatibility first.

For more information