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Posted: 2/19/2006 4:04:16 PM EDT
I have my heat program set in 4 stages..

5:00 am to 9:00 am 70 degrees
9:00 am to 2:00 pm 63 degrees
2:00 pm to 10:00 pm 70 degrees
10:00 pm to 5:00 am 63 degrees

I realize about a $40 to $50 a month savings. A buddy of mine at work says BS, the money saved by the lower temp should be lost by having to reheat the house back up and to warm up all the house hold belongings.

My reality is my reality.

I know I could save more if I went to 60 degree lows and 68 degree highs.

What have you guys seen?
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:07:10 PM EDT
I would shitcan that 5:00AM to 9:00AM and tuff it out. That would save you even more money. You friends at work are retarded.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:09:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:12:02 PM EDT
I just wish the damned installers wouldn't put them on the same interior wall (with only a sheet of drywall between) as the heating cabinet. Its temp sensor reads 75 in the furnace/water heater cabinet wall, but the house is actually 60* or so. And thats not near windows...
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:12:50 PM EDT
I have one and I hate it.
Only because my work schedule isn't regular. 24 hours on-48 hours off.
If I worked a 9-5 job I could actually set up a heating schedule.

Now I use it like a regular thermostat, get up in the AM and turn it up, leave for work and turn it down, get home from work and turn it up...etc.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:34:42 PM EDT
The guy at work is wrong. The longer you maintain high temps in your house the more it costs you. If you maintain a lower temp for 1/2 the day it costs less. Yes, the furnace has to work a little harder initially to maintain the high temp after coming up from the low. But your furnace also gets a nice break when switching from high to low.

I alternate between 58 and 63 because I'm a cheapass.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:44:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By heavily_armed:
I alternate between 58 and 63 because I'm a cheapass.



Damn man that's cold!

I'm not really comfortable till the thermostat hits 72*, but I heat primarily with wood.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:46:53 PM EDT
Master HVAC mechanic here..

My experince has led me to the fact that each case is different. I suspect your savings have more to do with weather conditions than anything else.

Cooling setback in commercial buildings is a definite savings. In residential work, it takes more energy to recover most of the time, as opposed to a single setpoint.

If you are not gonna leave it there for 24 hours, your savings will be very minor.

Ops
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:49:07 PM EDT
70 is pretty damn warm
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:52:45 PM EDT
I think PTs are complicated POS. I'd rather have a remote control thermostat.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:58:24 PM EDT
I had a no-name programmable in CA that worked like gang busters. I bought a Honeywell in AZ and it made my heat and AC run at the same fricking time. Their phone help was a POS and they wouldn't admit it was defective. I am still running a no-name programmable here, and all I do is dial it down when I go to work and dial it up when at home. I usually run 72 and the wife doesn't whine too much. The fireplace gets the entertainment room up to 80+ and makes up for it.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:20:59 PM EDT
58 degrees thats pretty cool. It reminds me of a domino's pizza commercial about saving money on three pizza's so the Dad lets the kids turn on a lamp for about 20seconds because he got such a good deal and then he says, "oK kids turn'er back off, lamp time is over."
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:31:05 PM EDT
I've been thinking of getting one for my house. Any recommended brands?
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:38:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By montana_jeepn:
I've been thinking of getting one for my house. Any recommended brands?



My friend-of-a-friend HVAC guy installed White-Rodgers which has served pretty well for the 4 years I've had it.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:51:23 PM EDT
Thank you, I will check it out.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:37:33 PM EDT
I am saving big bucks with one. I have a 1800 sq ft old leaky house with single pane windows, and no insulation in the walls. Here are my temps

7:15am-8:30am 65
8:30am-6:00pm 61
6:00pm-11:00pm 64
11:00pm-7:15am 59

I am paying way less for gas than I did last year. I expected $400 bills, and my bills are $180-$280.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:57:06 PM EDT
there are some variables but they do work. I just adjust the temp myself, works just as good.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:57:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GunLvrPHD:
I have a 1800 sq ft old leaky house with single pane windows



You described my house exactly. Mine was built in the 1890's. Storm windows help a little. Thanks for the info.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 8:02:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 8:13:40 PM EDT
I read my own meter every other month. Saves about $70 per bill. 1800sq.ft. 70 degrees over night and 67 between 7:30a.m. and 10:00p.m.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 8:32:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/20/2006 6:13:28 AM EDT by reddog132]
I just bought this one for 50 bucks at Home Depot and I'm pleased with it so far.


Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:20:34 AM EDT
Here's a brand for you - none! Unless you're a genie by the time you figure out how to set it the season will have changed!
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