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You can save 2%-3% in winter energy costs for every degree you lower your thermostat. This will help you use less energy, and you can limit the impact to comfort with the use of additional clothing and blankets.
What You Need to Do
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    Consult your cooling system's operating manual for instructions on how to reprogram the programmable thermostat's threshold temperature to 78° F.
  • Are there other low cost ideas to save money in addition to my Action Plan?
    In addition to your Action Plan, you can search through our Energy Tips. There are ideas for quick behavior changes, weekend projects, maintenance, when it breaks, health and comfort, and other energy saving ideas. You can easily add those to your action plan.
  • If I complete this measure, can I track my savings over time?
    If you mark an item on your plan as completed, we will track your estimated energy use and savings over time. We can use this to find additional savings options.
  • How do I operate my programmable thermostat?
    For a good overview of how to set and operate your thermostat, visit
  • How should I maintain my equipment to make sure it operates efficiently?
    Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Maintaining your equipment will prevent future problems and unwanted costs.
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