Electronic thermostat == savings

posted by Jeff | Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 6:16 PM | comments: 7

One of my non-employment projects was to install an electronic thermostat. Truth is, it works...

Feb '08, Avg temp: 26.5, Avg daily usage: 7.3 CCF
Feb '09, Avg temp: 25.8, Avg daily usage: 5.9 CCF

Yeah, it's a "duh" moment. Don't know why I didn't do it sooner.


draegs, February 25, 2009, 11:58 PM #

I've been thinking about getting one since turning the heat on last fall, but never followed through because I wasn't sure if it would really save that much. What was the cost of your thermostat and what schedule did you come up with (if you don't mind my asking)?

Jeff, February 26, 2009, 12:35 AM #

It was like thirty bucks at most from Home Depot. I think I let it drop down to 62 or something 7:30a to 5:30p, and 67 from 10p to 6:30a. The morning and evening blocks it's 70.

Gonch, February 26, 2009, 1:20 AM #

Ahhh, one of the first things I wanted to do when we got the house was install a programmable thermostat. The one here isn't even electronic - it's the old school slider on the side dealy-o.

I still haven't gotten around to it, but this refreshed my memory. Although I have to wonder what's the difference between physically raising and lowering the heat and programming it beyond the memory factor?

Jeff, February 26, 2009, 1:58 AM #

No difference, I suppose. With you being at home, I suppose it also has less payoff during the day, unless you like to be cold!

Gonch, February 26, 2009, 3:11 AM #

Yeah, but I still want one.

CPLady, February 26, 2009, 12:59 PM #

We installed one several years ago and it was great when Gordon was working during the day because he'd often forget to turn the heat down before heading to work.

But now he only works weekends so we've got it back to manual. Still, we keep ours set to 65 during the day and down to 63 at night during the week, and since he works weekends, it's 63 since hot flashes keep me warm!

Carl, February 26, 2009, 5:32 PM #

I've got one but have yet to program it because I end up tinkering with it too much.

I switch it up or down, even if I'm going to the grocery store for a few minutes and back.

65 when I'm home; 53 when I'm not. My unit takes about 10 minutes to warm up, and the natural heat rarely drops it all the way to 53.

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