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Programmable thermostats are one of the quickest and easiest ways to cut energy costs. You can save on your power bill every time you are not at home.

The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling.  The good news is that major savings can be obtained by automatically reducing your thermostat’s temperature setting for as little as four hours per day during the winter.  This is because a home’s heat loss during the winter greatly depends on the difference between the inside and outside temperatures.

In fact, experts estimate that by turning down your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours, you can save as much as 15% on your heating bill over an entire season.   Similar savings can be had in the summer, if you keep your indoor temperatures a few degrees higher when you’re away than when you’re at home.

These temperature adjustments can be easily performed automatically with a programmable thermostat.  Remember that the key to energy savings is to establish a thermostat program that automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don’t need as much.