Programmable thermostatBy Lori Bongiorno
Does turning your heat down when you go to sleep or leave the house for extended periods of time actually cost you money?
However, there's still a common misconception that if you set the temperature of your thermostat back, then your furnace will have to work harder (and therefore cost you more money) to warm the space back up.
The truth is you aren't going to spend more in terms of energy or money by setting your thermostat back, says Ed Pollock, at the DOE. In fact, you'll always save money by setting back.
The real question is how much savings you'll get. The answer is very much dependent on several factors including where you live (how cold it gets outside), how efficient your furnace is (how long it takes to heat your house back up), and what kind ofRead More »from When to Turn Your Heat Down