You can lower the cost of heating and cooling your home by correctly using a programmable thermostat. Because your thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature based upon your schedule, your savings can be between 10 and 15 percent every month.
Using an Energy Star-rated model gives you the program settings you need in order to not only maximize your efficiency but match your lifestyle. This video explains the steps of installing a new thermostat, but using a licensed contractor can greatly simplify this process. A contractor can also help you when programming it for the first time.