1. Programmable Thermostat
If you’re on a budget the first and least expensive thing you can do is to upgrade your thermostat to a programmable thermostat. For example, you could get the Nexia ComfortLink™ II XL1050, this thermostat specifically can be:
- programmed to have up to 4 schedules a day, 7 days a week
- monitor remotely from your smart phone
- if you have a variable speed system with communicating capability it will also control the compressor and fan speeds for optimum efficiency
Even if you don’t have a variable speed unit the programming will allow you to control temperature settings without you having to remember. Its called home automation and is very beneficial for reducing electric cost.
If you work during the day the temperature can be raised while you’re gone so that the unit does work as hard and cost less to run. Another great way it can save you money is if your utility company (like srp or aps) has energy saver plans, where there is lower electricity cost at certain times of the day, you can follow their guidelines without worrying about it.