ThermostatsDid you know that a simple way to cut cooling costs in the summer is to effectively use your thermostat? In fact, thermostats can be a wallet’s best friend when used correctly. Here are some ways you can make your thermostat work for you this summer:

  • Use a multi-zone thermostat.  Multi-zone thermostats allow you to set the temperature for each zone of the home. This way, you can cool the living spaces during the day and cool the bedrooms at night.  You don’t have to rely on one thermostat to get the job done for the entire house, thus losing money cooling spaces you aren’t using.
  • Use the programming feature.  Most thermostats now have programmable settings so you can decide what time of day you want the air conditioning to kick on and when you want it off.  You set the temperatures for each cycle, and the thermostat will automatically follow your programed settings. This makes life simple for you and keeps your cooling costs down.
  • Set your thermostat to a cost-efficient temperature.  If you can handle a little heat, try setting your thermostat a little bit higher than you normally do.  The higher you set your thermostat in the summer, the more money you will save on cooling costs.  Don’t use your AC when you are not at home, and when you are home, consider using fans to help move the air so you can still be comfortable with a higher setting.