If your family is like many average American families and spends a lot of time away from the home during the day, a programmable thermostat may help you save money on your energy bill. Programmable thermostats allow you to set temperatures for your home while you are away or asleep. For example, suppose your family wakes up at about 6 am to get ready for work or school. Your programmed thermostat could automatically turn the heater on if the temperature dropped below 70 degrees, or cool the home if it reached above 78 degrees. The programmable thermostat would keep you family comfortable during the morning while you prepare to get ready for the day. Then at about 8am, when everyone has left your home, the program automatically reduces heating and cooling. Programmable thermostats allow you to keep your family comfortable while you are in the home while also helping you to reduce energy costs. On average, families using programmable thermostats can save approximately $180 a year. In order to get the best savings from your programmable thermostat, make sure that it is properly installed and be sure to check your manual to ensure that you are correctly using the programmable settings.