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Reduce Your Heating Costs With This One Simple Thermostat Change

Setting digital thermostat to cool and programming air conditioning to energy saving temperature of 78 degrees.
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Winter will be here before you know it and the temperatures are already cooling outside, which means the heat will be turned on in many households, if it hasn’t already. Which also means your electricity bill will be going up as well.

But what if we told you that there’s one extremely simple way to help keep your heating costs down this fall and winter?

And no, it doesn’t involve shutting the thermostat off completely. Despite what you may think, this may actually end up costing you more in the long run rather than helping save money.

All you have to do is reduce your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours a day.

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Simple, right? It doesn’t even have to affect your daily routine— just turn the thermostat down right before you go to bed and set it back to its normal temperature in the morning. Or reduce the temperature for the hours you won’t be home, since the 8 hours don’t have to be consecutive for this trick to work.

Doing so can save you up to 10% a year on your heating costs.

This tip (in reverse) will also work to help reduce cooling costs, not just heating, so feel free to use it during the warmer months of the year as well.

Meghan Herlihy Meghan Herlihy
Meghan Herlihy is a full-time writer for LifeSavvy and How-To Geek and has written across a wide variety of topics, genres, and formats, including radio talk shows, local sports journalism, and creative original fiction. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College and a master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University. When she's not writing, you're most likely to find her reading a book, petting every dog within eyesight, and indulging in her love of travel. Read Full Bio »
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