Programmable or Learning Thermostats:
Installing a programmable or “Learning” thermostat is an easy way to bring down your utilities bill. The thermostat will regulate the day and night temperature so you’ll always come home to warm/cool house without having the heat/air running all day.
A programmable thermostat is well worth the small investment, because the amount you save on your energy bill pays for it in just months. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by using the recommended manufacturer settings, you can save up to $150 a year on your heating and cooling bills.
The popular Nest Learning Thermostat is a HUGE energy saver – and while it’s pricier than the traditional thermostats, it will definitely make up for it over time. For a cheaper, but effective option – get this highly-rated 5-2 Honeywell Programmable Thermostat for under $25 shipped. *5-2 refers to having separate setting options for the work week and the weekend.
Check Into “Utility Bill Averaging”:
Most utilities companies offer “Bill Averaging” – paying the same amount each month based on an average. This may be something that will help you, if you don’t like being surprised with a $320 bill right after Christmas. For instance, if you have very low bills in the spring/fall – but unmanageably high ones in the winter/summer – this would help even things out (for budgeting purposes).