Of all the money-saving electricity conservation tips and tricks, there’s one that truly moves the needle – and, of course, it’s the one many people avoid: managing your thermostat.
Whether you’re a homeowner or a business operator, allowing your air conditioner to run while homes and businesses are empty is usually 100 percent waste. So why do people do it? Two time-worn reasons stand out.
The first is that people prefer to set it and forget it. That would be fine if outside temperatures stayed constant, but that’s not the case. Think of it this way: On a 70-degree day, walking outside doesn’t cause much of a sweat. When it’s 85, you might sweat a bit. At 100+, you’re sweating buckets before the door is locked behind you.
Your air conditioner faces the same impact. It doesn’t work much when outdoor temps are 70, but it’s in overdrive at 100. Adjusting the thermostat setting based on outdoor temperatures is a sure way to reduce your air conditioner’s runtime, and that helps lower the bill.
The other reason people don’t manage their thermostats is because they don’t want to arrive to an uncomfortable environment at home or work. That’s reasonable and easily avoided.
The best of today’s smart thermostats are easy to adjust from the device on the wall, an Internet-connected computer or a mobile app. Some, like the TXU iThermostatTM, even self-adjust as you and your mobile devices move closer to or further away from your home. In fact, smart thermostats offer a bit of set-it-and-forget-it functionality because set-up functions are needed only once or twice a year.
While the Farmer’s Almanac says the dog days of summer are coming to a close, we know hot Texas temperatures will be with us through as late as the end of September. Now is the perfect time to take control by investing in a smart thermostat.