Do you save money on your energy bill by using a programmable thermostat? You should, because it does make a big difference in how much you pay each month. It is one of the biggest bangs for your buck, as a simple one is still quite effective and can be had for about $20.00.

There are only a couple of wires to tie together, so it is very simple to install. You then program it to turn on and off the heater or air conditioner at preset times. Besides saving money on energy, I do not have to ever worry about turning up the heat of the winter or down in the summer. Because I set mine to turn on an hour before I wake-up, the house is always nice and toasty in the winter. Set it, forget it, and spend less. I like that.

A programmable thermostat can be set on “hold” while on vacation until you get home. You can even spend a lot of money on one and use your cell phone to turn on just before you get home from the summer vacation so you walk into a nice cool house.

Do the math. For every degree lower in the winter or higher in the summer, 5% is saved off the cost of the month’s bill. So head down to Wal-Mart, install your new programmable thermostat, and start saving on your energy bill today.

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