In recent months, there's been a lot of publicity about government spending and how it's growing out of control. While there are those who want to politicize this issue, when taxpayers are paying too much money, that's never good for anyone.
A January 25 article by Connecticut news source, the Milford-Orange Bulletin, highlighted how the manual thermostat use in municipalities buildings may be contributing to wasteful spending. Mayor Ben Blake, of Milford, Connecticut, indicated that the thermostats in government buildings remain set at 72 degrees, even at night.
"I always feel hot in city buildings," Blake told the news source.
Part of the problem, Blake suggested, was that only three of buildings in the area have programmable thermostats – models that allow users to program the products to change the temperatures in the buildings to the desired setting at a specific time.
However, the problem here may not be with the existing thermostats, just that no one seems to be responsible for the setting of their manual thermostats. These products, which are often more inexpensive due to their lack of advanced features, can be just as effective as long as those who are in the building remember to lower the temperature before leaving.
Blake's solution is to reduce the temperature in the city's buildings to 68 degrees, and to purchase programmable thermostats so that temperatures can be set between 55 and 60 degrees at night, the news source says.
While Blake is right in his assessment that this will save taxpayers in the short term, he could be achieving the same results without the added expenditure. And you can do the same thing when you look for a new thermostat – remember that while programmable models can be beneficial, saving money with a manual version can be just as simple with the right degree of supervision.