By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
As winter rolls in and the temperature begins to drop, the extra-warm comforters come out of the closets and the heat gets turned on. Using a programmable thermostat to run the heat only when you need it most can help keep your heating costs down and still keep your home nice and toasty. According to an estimate by the government's Energy Star program, if you use the recommended settings on a programmable thermostat, you can save an average of $180 a year.A programmable thermostat can help you save money on your heating bill.
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At Cheapism we researched a variety of budget thermostats and found four models that should help you save money and stay warm.
- The Hunter 44260 (starting at $34) lets you set three different heating or cooling schedules: one five-day program (for the workweek) and two one-day programs (for the weekend). Reviewers note that the backlit display makes adjusting the thermostat easy at night. Some consumers say they've stuck with the Hunter brand