Posted by Norman Fong, December 3rd, 2012
The average household will spend over $1100 staying warm during the winter. This cost just keeps going straight up. You can lower your heating costs by 2-5% for every 1 degree lower you set your thermostat. Easily save $200 a year.
Housing accounts for 20% of total US energy use with heating and cooling consuming a whopping 44% of residential energy use.
We realized that we were not setting our programmable thermostat optimally, when we saw some tips that result in lower energy use. We would set the thermostat to heat to my desired temperature of 65 degrees from 6pm to 7am. Many people will prefer 68 degrees, but we like wearing sweaters at home. (Or are so cheap we have to)