Post # 1
The thread about cleaning before a trip made me think of something.
Do you change your thermostat before you leave for a trip? Like, set it for a higher temperature in the summer or a lower temperature in the winter so it doesn’t run as much while you’re away?
DH and I tend to not do anything if we are just going away for a weekend but if we will be gone for a whole week, we do adjust it before leaving.
I always wonder if the savings from it not working as hard while you’re away really make up for how hard it has to work to get back to a comfortable level when you get home. Plus it kind of sucks to get back from a long day of travelling and have your home be such an uncomfortable temperature.
What do you Bees do?
Post # 3
We have a digital thermostat with a couple different programmable cycles. So we set it on the “away” cycle which uses less energy, and then we usually ask our friends (who watch our dogs) to turn it back to the “regular” cycle the night before we come home.
Post # 4
I’m not sure if we save much money but we do this is we are going away for at least a couple of nights. In the summer we always have the AC low so it does affect our electric bill so we just don’t see the need of the house being 68 when we aren’t there.
Post # 5
We turn off any temperature controls every day when we’re not at home. Why do I need my house to be a nice temperature when I’m not there? I also live in LA though… so it’s not like I get extreme temperatures here!
Post # 6
We have two dogs with thick coats so I feel bad if I turn off the AC when I leave. During winter I do turn the heat down though.
Post # 7
We rarely turn our thermostat on in the first place because the weather is so nice. We turn it off when we go out the door.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
We try to keep our thermostat off as much as possible, so we definitely turn it off for ANY trip. But we also turn it off every morning when we leave for work.
I get home early enough in the day that during the winter I can turn it on at 5pm which takes the chill off the house by 5:30-6:00 then we keep it on until we go to sleep because both DH and I don’t notice the temperature drop once we’re asleep, so there’s no reason to spend that much energy.
Post # 9
We definitely do. Heck, we adjust the thermostat when we leave for work in the day! We live in an apartment, so it doesn’t take our heating/cooling system long to “catch up” from a day, weekend, or week of being away.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I live in Florida so A/C bills can get ridiculous during the summer months. We turn up the thermostat from 74 to 77-78 during the day while we’re at work (I would turn up more but our roommate works from home and hasn’t figured out that I turn it up during the day.) When our roommate is out of town we turn it up to 80 during the day. When we go away I also turn it up to 80. I don’t turn it completely off because the A/C cuts down on the humidity in the house which can cause mold to grow if it’s turned completely off or too high.
Post # 11
We too have a programmable thermostat… so we can set it to whatever we like. Different temps for Day vs Night, Weekdays vs Weekend, Home vs Away etc.
And YES they do help with energy costs. Easy to install, and a worthwhile investment (they tend to range in price from $ 50 to $ 300, depending on how many programs… and you can pick em up on Sale for around half-price Spring or Fall). As well sometimes you’ll see your local Energy Companies (like Natural Gas, Electric / Hydro) or the Government giving Rebates or Tax Relief on their purchase.
Post # 12
We don’t even pay for energy (apartment) and I still do this.
In the summer, I just shut off the AC.
In the winter, if it’s for the weekend I’ll turn it down to about 18C. If it’s longer, I turn it as low as it goes, then put it up slightly just so there aren’t any freezing issues (I think it’s about 14C).
Post # 13
@This Time Round: We have a programable thermostat (3 actually because each floor is separately controlled). But ours program every day by the hour so you can do different temps for weekday/weekend, day/night, etc. But it doesn’t have a home/away setting that we could change it to for trips.
Post # 14
I turn it off and adjust it whenever we arent there. Especially in the winter – At about 400-450/month in oil to keep the house to a mere 62, I’m dropping the temp just enough to not freeze my pipes if I’m not going to be tehre, ever degree counts
Post # 15
Honestly? Ours is never on. We live on the third floor, so our apartment is usually between 65-70 in the winter. Unless it gets over 90 in the summer (inside) and we’re miserable, we keep the AC off.
When we get a house, I’d like to get a programmable thermostat, one of the high-tech fancy ones. We’ll still keep it on because of our animals, but we’ll turn it down when we’re gone/at night.
Post # 16
i do the same as pinkshoes- in the summer we have ACs that we only run when we are home- i do keep a few ceiling fans on low to circulate the air as we have a huge farm house and a kitty
in the winter i keep drop the temps so the kitty dont freeze,and then raise them when i come home.. in the winter when we go away for more then a weekend- we take kitty with us so we can turn the heat down as low as possible.. i also put plastic on windows- put AC covers on..and we close up the guest side of our house- since no ones in there anyway