Media: Energy Counselor Provides Tips For Optimizing Your Thermostat (WCCO)

Jul 19, 2019

Energy counselor Sam Wagner discussed how you can use your thermostat to save money and reduce electricity use. 

From WCCO:

Air conditioning systems across the metro are on full blast this week. The extreme heat means many are pumping in the cool air...

...WCCO-TV connected Moore with the Center for Energy and Environment. They do home consultations as partners of CenterPoint and Xcel. Moore’s programmable thermostat got a close inspection by energy counselor Sam Wagner.

“A programmable thermostat is very effective at saving if you use it properly,” Wagner said.

Wagner says smart thermostats, which can be operated by a cellphone, are most efficient, but if properly programmed, programmable models aren’t far behind.

Wagner suggests keeping any kind of thermostat at a base temperature of 72-78 degrees. If you have a programmable one, adjust accordingly by raising the temperature.

“A good standard is one degree per hour that you are gone from the house, so if that’s six hours, you can change it six degrees. If you only work four hours, have it changed four degrees. Eight hours is kind of where we are at,” Wagner said...

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