29% of members are saving with this action!
Programmable thermostats can significantly reduce energy consumption by adjusting temperatures according to your schedule. Set the temperature higher in the summer, and lower in the winter, when nobody will be at home. Adjust the temperature during sleeping vs. waking hours.
The costs of this solution are simply the price range of the thermostat. The benefits are harder to calculate since it depends how the unit is used, giving the large range.
Benefits and costs
|Annual CO2 Savings||600 - 1,000 kg|
|1,320 - 2,200 lbs|
|Annual Cash Savings||$100 - $200|
|Initial Cost||$40 - $150|
|Time to pay for itself||0.0 - 2.0 years|
|CO2 saved per year per initial dollar invested||4.00 - 25.00 kg|
* These value ranges were taken from many sources including product documentation, published reports, and the reference material linked here.
If everyone did this ...
If every household in the US did this, it could save a collective 132,000,000 tons of CO2 per year!
This would be equivalent to:
- Taking 25,882,353 cars off the road for a year
- Producing 9,924,812 tons of Beef
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