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So, where you put your programmable thermostat, apparently is key to cut down your utility bills. Thermostat is the low hanging fruit in energy efficiency. However, where you put thermostat, is important in helping you meeting the goals of keeping your energy bills down, via New York Times.
“If you have the right thermostat in place but the temperature sensor is in the wrong place, that can have a huge impact on energy performance,” said Jeffrey Perlman, the president of Bright Power, an energy consulting group.
Thermostat is so efficient that it gives you the fastest payback to savings energy and the environment, in comparison to other gadgets, when in comes to green tune-up your home. It's 'right' on the money. For a small investment of around $115, you can get money back for the return on investment (ROI) in the neighborhood of 0.6 year or 7.2 months, at an annual savings of approximately $180 in energy costs. According to GreenandSave, your payback or ROI would be 1.5 times (156.5%) of cost.
The height on the wall (optimal between chest and eye level) and the location in a room near exterior doors or windows can impact the readings. As well, proximity to supply and return ducts can impact the reading and cause inefficient cycling. (emphasis mine)
Consult your HVAC contractor and ask to give you a couple zone locations around the house, so you can get the most bang for your buck.
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