Check out these tips to take control of your electric bill with a programmable thermostat:
In the summer months, simply raise your programmable thermostat 7–10°F for 8 hours, during work or sleeping hours to save energy and money.
Thermostat should be situated on an interior wall away from vents, doors, windows and lamps.
Choose a model that works best with your schedule. Seven-day models allow you to set different programs every day and provide the most flexibility. Five-and-two day models follow the same schedule during the week and a different one for weekends.
Safety should always be your top priority. Turn off the electricity before you replace your existing thermostat with a programmable one.
If you do not have a programmable thermostat, set your A/C to 78ºF in the summer for maximum energy efficiency.
Program the thermostat to begin cooling to your desired temperature shortly before you get home or wake up, so your home is comfortable when you need it to be.
Set the temperature between 78–80ºF to save up to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills.