Few people understand that a programmable thermostat is truly one of the most effective ways to lower your energy consumption by as much as 15%, which could cut your energy bills by as much as $200 a year! Not only are these small devices cost effective and energy efficient – they’re kind to the planet as well. How do they work? Programmable thermostats are generally installed on a convenient wall in your home, and hooked into your heating and air conditioning system. By programming in certain schedules for turning your home’s heat or air on or off, up or down, you can control your home’s temperature through creating specific settings. You can program your heater or air conditioner to come on or go off at a certain time during the day or night, and then program how hot or cold you want the temperature to be – all of which optimizes your home’s use of energy. Your heater or air conditioner will never again be running full blast while you’re at work because you forgot to turn it off when you left the house. And once your home gets to your ideal temperature – your thermostat will keep it there – automatically, for as long as you want!