While a number of news articles have recently been touting the energy-saving capabilities of programmable thermostats, manual options may be the best bet for those who are living on a tight budget amidst the current U.S. economic woes.
For example, these models can often be cheaper to purchase and easier to operate. In addition, due to their simple and time-tested design, they may be less likely to break or malfunction so that costs don't add up down the line.
However, in order to get the most out of these devices, those who choose to purchase manual thermostats this winter may want to follow some recommendations from Energy Star, the collaboration between the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency that looks to recommend products and services that can save Americans money.
This trusted source provides a handy suggestion tool online that consumers can use to cut their spending, and while it's geared toward programmable models, with a little dedication and commitment, those who want to purchase more affordable models can achieve the same savings.
For instance, Energy Star's experts recommend that when Americans wake up, they set their thermostats to at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. By 8 a.m. or before the kids are off to school and parents begin their morning commute, these thermostats should be set back by at least 8 degrees, according to Energy Star.
In the evening, the government recommends that homeowners return their thermostats to the previous setting, before once again lowering the temperature setting by at least 8 degrees before bed. While all this maneuvering can sound difficult with a manual thermostat, with a little dedication, consumers could increase their savings in the short- and long-term.