I am pleased to report the programmable thermostat has helped us to save money on electricity for the month of June. In June 2007 we used 3410kwh and last month we used 2775. Since our air conditioner is our biggest electricity hog I am sure using the programmable thermostat, plus everyone in the family becoming willing to withstand 81°F in the daytime has helped our usage to go down.
CURRENT MONTH – JUNE 2008
1230kwh on peak
1545kwh off peak
The electricity bill came to $341.29.
LAST YEAR – JUNE 2007:
1520kwh on peak
1890kwh off peak
Last year the bill for June was $359.75.
We used 290 less on peak kw hours, and 345 less kw hours. But as you can see we only saved $18.46. The price of electricity has gone up in the last year.
The only problem is the thermostat keeps losing its programming. I am going to read over the user’s manual again and reset it, and replace the battery in case that is the problem.
We tried keeping the unit at higher than 81°F but it is just too hot. It is tolerable during the day. We can’t sleep at night when it’s 81°F and we do use fans to help circulate the air. We were keeping the unit at 76°F at night with hopes of starting the house out at a cooler temperature for the day but it doesn’t seem to help all that much. So I think I am going to set the thermostat to 78°F and see if it is possible to sleep at this higher temp.
I’m looking forward to seeing how we do next month as July is typically the hottest month of the year.