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Programmable thermostats automatically adjust your home's temperature settings, allowing you to save energy while you're away or sleeping.

®, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, helps save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Energy efficient products that have attained the ENERGY STAR® label are available in more than 50 product categories, including lighting and home appliances, such as programmable thermostats.

Programmable thermostats:

  • Are more convenient and accurate than manual thermostats
  • Improve your home's comfort
  • Contain no mercury
  • Save energy and save money on utility bills — when used properly, about $100/year. For every degree you turn down your thermostat at night, you save 3 percent of your heating costs.
  • Are better for the environment, since using less energy helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production
Easily installed programmable thermostats, available through many major retailers, offer several models. Seven-day models are best if your daily schedule tends to change, for example, if children are at home earlier on some days. They give you the most flexibility, and let you set different programs for different days – usually with four possible temperature periods per day. 5+2-day models use the same schedule every weekday, and another for weekends. 5-1-1 models are best if you tend to keep one schedule Monday through Friday, and another schedule on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information about programmable thermostats, visit 
Energy Star.

For more information about saving money and energy, contact the West Virginia Division of Energy at (304) 558-2234 or (800) 982-3386.

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