SEATTLE- City Light is introducing a new program this winter designed to help electric-heat customers lower their bills.
In November and December, the utility is partnering with Home Depot stores and local radio stations to promote modern "dual-diaphragm" or electronic thermostats with more precise temperature control than older, conventional thermostats.
Older thermostats - for example, the bimetal "comfort zone" models found in many apartments - can swing several degrees from their set point. So even if you keep the dial at 68 degrees, the thermostat may keep your home closer to 75 degrees and consume more electricity.
Modern programmable thermostats offer many benefits, if used properly. They let you set varying temperatures to suit your lifestyle. You can program your furnace or individual heaters to come on just before you wake up or return from work, and to turn off while you're asleep or away.
City Light has enlisted Home Depot and local radio stations to:
- Promote and advertise Energy Star efficient thermostats
- Team with City Light conservation staff to conduct in-store clinics on how to choose and install new thermostats
- Broadcast thermostat information, conservation tips and live remotes from the in-store clinics
- Highlight thermostat installation on public affairs programs.
"We learned a lot last winter about various causes of high electricity consumption," said Bob Royer, City Light's director of Communications and Public Affairs. "We've zeroed in on modern thermostat technology as one of the best ways for electric-heat customers to bring their bills down while staying warm and comfortable."
More information about City Light's thermostat program is available on the Web at seattle.gov/light.