The EPA's research has shown that most consumers with programmable thermostats do not know how to use them to maximize energy savings. When programmed properly, these products can save about $180 a year on energy bills - but the majority of consumers have not achieved their full energy and dollar savings potential. The goal of a new Energy Star campaign is to help homeowners take full advantage of their programmable thermostats. For example:
In the summer, raise the temperature setting by 7 degrees when you're away and 4 degrees when you're asleep.
Save even more by using the Vacation and Hold features to manage temperatures while you're away from home for an extended period.
Lower the temperature setting by 8 degrees when you're away or asleep in the winter
Learn more at www.energystar.gov/programmablethermostats .