Programmable Thermostats

Set back a little and save a lot!

Programmable Thermostat Digital ScreenDid you know that heating and cooling your home accounts for 40% of your energy bill? That means there’s a big opportunity for you to save money by heating and cooling more wisely.

To maximize your energy savings without sacrificing comfort, you can purchase a programmable thermostat from any manufacturer and install it in your home. A programmable thermostat can be the ‘brain’ of your heating and cooling energy efficiency plan. Once you set your thermostat you can forget it. It raises and lowers the temperature in your home automatically. For instance, you can lower your thermostat a few degrees at bedtime or during the day when no one is home and raise it to be warmer when you wake in the morning or come home from work. Smart? Easy? It’s both, and it will save you hundreds of dollars a year.

Programmable thermostats are a smart move for improving your home’s comfort, while saving energy and money. Lowering the temperature of your home by just a few degrees will make a very big difference in your heating bill. Remember, 1 degree lower means 1% savings! A programmable thermostat makes a big energy difference in the summer too. Just reverse the thinking – raise the thermostat a few degrees when you’re out of the house so your air conditioning isn’t working so hard.

Programmable thermostats are easy to use. Here are a few simple tips to maximize the benefit of your programmable thermostat.

  • Keep the temperature set at its energy savings set-points for long periods of time (At least eight hours), for example, during the day when no one is at home and through the night after bedtime.
  • Install your programmable thermostat on an interior wall, away from heating or cooling vents and other sources of heat or drafts.
  • Programmable thermostats typically have 2 types of hold features: (a) hold/permanent/vacation; (b) temporary. Avoid using the hold/permanent/vacation feature to manage day to day temperature settings.
  • All thermostats let you temporarily make your home warmer or cooler, without erasing the pre-set programming. This override is cancelled automatically at the next program period. You use more energy (and end up paying more on energy bills) if you consistently “hold” or over-ride the pre-programmed settings.

An ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat will lead you to even more savings. You can choose to heat your home in different ways throughout the day and night. An ENERGY STAR thermostat has 4 important features:

1. ENERGY STAR rated programmable thermostats have four temperature settings per day this allows you to set the temperature specifically for different times in the day (i.e. when you sleep)

2. It allows you to set the temperature differently for different days of the week (i.e. weekends)

3. Temperature settings can be over-ridden manually without disrupting the program you have set

4. An ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat maintains the temperature in your home within 2 degrees of the setting your choose, this eliminates uncomfortable temperature swings in your home

Once you have installed your ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat, all you have to do is relax and save money!

Download a $25 on-bill rebate coupon* for the purchase of a programmable thermostat from any manufacturer. When you return this mail-in rebate coupon, don’t forget to include a copy of the bill of sale and the original UPC symbol (bar code) from the thermostat package.

$25 on-bill rebate applicable only to purchases made between Jan. 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

* This offer is not valid for customers that already have a programmable thermostat installed.

Terms & Conditions

  • Offer only available to residential homes that are heated with natural gas furnace.
  • Offer cannot be combined with any other Union Gas Programmable Thermostat campaign.
    • Include an active, valid Union Gas account number matched to your address, a copy of the bill of sale for a programmable thermostat purchased between Jan. 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 and the original UPC symbol (bar code) from the package. Must be post-marked no later than December 31, 2014.
  • All requested information must be provided to receive a $25 credit on your Union Gas bill.
  • By taking part in this program, your central heating system may use less natural gas and produce fewer emissions. You agree Union Gas may record and claim ownership on any resulting emission reductions you have along with those of other participating customers.
  • Offer available on the purchase of a Programmable Thermostat from any manufacturer.
  • Union Gas is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected mail.
  • Please allow 8 weeks from the post-marked date to receive your $25 credit on your Union Gas bill.
  • An auditor may contact you to validate that you have received and installed your programmable thermostat. Beyond that, Union Gas does not sell, rent or disclose customer information to third party representatives.