Everyone knows that using a programmable thermostat is a must if you heat during winters. The trouble is that most people don't know how to program them or they just don't do it. Most of the costs of these thermostats is offset within a year, making them ideal to save some money this winter.
Using a programmable thermostat correctly can lead to 10% savings on your heating bill. Sure, the thermostats are fancy and have great displays, but some of them are overcomplicated and hard to use. The Trane XL800 Deluxe Programmable Digital Thermostat
offers reliable, precise temperature control all day, all year. The XL800 allows you to automatically adjust the temperature in your home according to your family’s schedule, so you can save energy with lower temperatures while you’re away, while still having the temperatures reset to the desired level just in time for your return home.
The XL800 comes with a 10-inch touch screen back-lit display and it's Energy Star® compliant. You can set minimum and maximum heating and cooling ranges. The vacation program can last up to 256 days. The big deal isn't just about the programmable thermostats, it's about installing a highly efficient furnace. Couple one of those with the XL800, and you'll be saving about 40% of your heating bill. 47% of the yearly power bill goes toward heating and cooling, so this is a significant amount of money. The average home spends about $2.300 on their power bill. Doing the math yields quite a significant saving. The cost of an efficient HVAC system is eased with a 30% federal tax credit as well. The XL800 is available from a variety of dealers. Head on over to the Trane website to find the one nearest to you. Price vary, but we've seen the XL800 for $150. A professional installation will cost somewhere between $50-$100.
[All costs and estimates on savings are via the Alliance to Save Energy, head photo by Trane, inline photo by 2degreepledge]