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Old 12-02-2007, 09:36 PM   #1
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I have read various articles regarding whether or not lowering the temp, when out of the house or asleep, helps save on heating costs (in my case, natural gas). Some say to keep it at a constant temp, others argue that a 6 degree setback will save energy.

Any advice?

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Old 12-02-2007, 10:40 PM   #2
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Depends on how well the house is insulated and how much gas costs.
If well insulated, good glass, can hold heat so the system won't be coming on and going off too much, also how long will it be in away (setback) mode,
if on a 2 week vacation, sure setback 6 or 8 degrees will help, but normally,
you'll use up most of the savings bringing the house back up to temp.

I have to say I use a Honeywell Vision Pro 8000 and it's set to 70 at night and 72-73 during the day, on a heat pump, but not looking to save any on that small setback, just like it a little cooler at night.

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Old 12-02-2007, 10:43 PM   #3
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I have to say I use a Honeywell Vision Pro 8000 and it's set to 70 at night and 72-73 during the day, on a heat pump, but not looking to save any on that small setback, just like it a little cooler at night.

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I have a oil fired furnace, I turn my heat down to 60 at night and 65 during the day, and 67 during the evening, only takes about 10 mins to bring the house up to temp, so I see the savings...

As a side note, zoning off a system also helps, I have 4 zones in my house and I program all the t-stats a little bit different, the bedrooms are warmer at night then during the day, and the living area is warmer during the day then at night...
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