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Is it more economical to keep your heat on a timer that turns on and off at intervals or turning it off for 2 or 3 hours at a time? Thanks.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:00 PM on Jan. 14, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • It is most economical to leave your heat set at once constant temperature. That way it will not have to work as hard to get up to heat. Same in the summer with A/C. It actually consumes more energy to have to get up to the set temp when you let the house get too cool.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 2:02 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • I had heard what the previous poster stated, but when I actually did some research, it's not true. If you are gone all day, then it's more economical to turn your heater off, but if you are in and out of the house then a timed thermostat is going to be about the same as turning it off 2-3 hours at a time. We have a timer on both of our thermostats and it's great, because we leave it low all night but then it kicks on and has the house up to temp by the time we get up, then it cuts down again when everyone leaves, then back up before we get back home.

    Answer by missanc at 2:10 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Anything that you turn on, turn off, turn on, turn off in short periods of time wastes more energy. If you turn it off and leave it off for hours at a time (3 or more) it'll save more energy in the long run.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 3:03 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • not for me .. we leave it on constant

    Answer by san78 at 7:34 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • We have ours set at 65 for night time and while we are at work and then 70 when we are home and awake. Our thermostat is a programmable one that I have set.

    Answer by marchar2002 at 10:35 PM on Jan. 15, 2011

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