Your heating and cooling system uses 15,000 watts of energy every hour and accounts for up to 50 percent of your whole-home energy costs. While most people cannot go without heat or air conditioning in their homes, there are some surprisingly simple things that you can do to save money on your heating and cooling bills. Here are a few that you can start doing right now.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Constantly changing the temperature on your home’s thermostat will just use more energy, but you can get around this by buying a programmable thermostat. This will automatically adjust the temperature in your home based on settings that you program yourself. You can program your thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature when people are home and awake, and lower the temperature when your house is empty or when people are asleep. As long as you keep these temperatures reasonable (between 62 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit), you should notice your energy bills become more manageable.