Programmable thermostats offer savings, comfort and convenience. A programmable thermostat costs $85-$125 and can save $100-$300/household/year on heating and cooling costs and make your home more comfortable. You can set a program for your thermostat to follow, so you don't have to think about adjusting the temperature manually.
Most programmable thermostats are able to store and repeat multiple daily settings, several temperature settings per day and automatically adjust heating or air conditioning accordingly as the outside temperature changes. You can set your thermostat program to turn the heater (or air conditioner) on just before you are scheduled to get home so the temperature will already be comfortable when you arrive.
Information on the types of programmable thermostats and their benefits can be found on the
Department of Energy's site. For even greater savings, check for rebates on the
ENERGY STAR site and through your state energy office.
Place thermostats away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, and windows. Also make sure your thermostat is conveniently located for programming.
Once the thermostat is installed you should keep the programming and operating directions, receipts, warranty (typically 1 year), and the manufacturer's contact information.