thermostats let your furnace or AC take a break when you're
gone all day; then get your home cozy just before you return.
They can automatically turn the temperature back at bedtime
and save a little more energy.
Environmental Protection Agency has established criteria for
programmable thermostats with it's ENERGY STAR program. By
looking for the ENERGY STAR logo, you should be getting a good
But there's a
pretty wide range of models available. If you don't want to
spend a lot, you can get a basic one for as little as about
$30, like the Hunter®
5 + 2 Day Programmable Thermostat ENERGY STAR® (Model: 44110)
available at Lowes. It has basic programmability, and has an
override feature for vacations or times when you just want a
If you want a
deluxe model, Honeywell offers premium models in the $100
range. They have a nice big green backlit display. You can set
a different program for all seven days of the week. You can
find Honeywell thermostats at Home Depot stores or order via
the Home Depot website.
fairly simple. color coded low voltage wires are what make the
connection to your furnace and AC.
your savings; the EPA says it can be as much as about $100 each year.