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Green Tips

Green Tip #20
Saving Energy with Your Thermostat

True or False?
Programmable thermostats do not save energy.

False. Programmable thermostats enable you to change the temperature when a building is unoccupied.

In the winter, turning down the thermostat during unoccupied or inactive periods will result in less energy consumption. The same goes for turning up the temperature during the summer. Many people think otherwise.

Heating a cold building uses less energy than maintaining a warm temperature. A rule of thumb is a 1% reduction in your heating/cooling bill for each degree you turn down/up a thermostat for eight hours. If your building has a simple HVAC system and is unoccupied nights and weekends, turning the thermostat down 8°F will reduce heating costs by about 16%. This does not apply to complex systems which involve simultaneous use of heating and cooling.

Source: Smart Energy Design Assistance Center

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Rock Springs Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area
Fort Daniel Conservation Area



The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
Macon County Conservation District
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Decatur, IL 62521
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