Heating and Cooling Costs Can Be Slashed Using Setback

You can reduce the amount you spend on energy used for heating and cooling your Shoreview home or business.  The way to do this is by using Setback on the thermostat set point. Setback is the practice of setting the thermostat to a higher temperature during the cooling season, or a lower setting during the heating season, whenever your home is unoccupied.

The exact amount you will save with setback varies with the size and location of the building being conditioned, but you can figure on saving about one percent of your heating and cooling energy usage for every eight hours that the temperature is Setback by one degree.

So if your thermostat is set seven degrees higher in the cooling season while you are away from home during the day, you will save about seven percent of the energy that would have been consumed without using setback. This could amount to hundreds of dollars each year for the energy used by your heating and cooling system.

The same principle works during the heating season. You can setback the temperature to a cooler temperature while you are away at work for eight hours and again while you are sleeping for eight hours. This would give you a fourteen percent savings for the day if you had set the temperature back seven degrees for the whole 16 hours.

Setback can be done with a standard manual thermostat, but you’ll have to suffer through the initial warm up period when you first get up or arrive home from work. This is a bit inconvenient, and if you forget to set the temperature back, you won’t get any savings for heating and cooling during that time period.

A more practical way to utilize Setback is with a programmable thermostat. The thermostat can be programmed for setback when no one is home for periods of four hours or more, or when you are sleeping, and it will automatically reset to the normal set point a little while before you get up or arrive home to a comfortable temperature.

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