The Coastal Post - December, 1995

Cool Idea For Heat

Candle/light bulb. Ice box/refrigerator. Slide rule/calculator.

The world is always waiting for a better mousetrap. Good ideas, however, are sometimes slow to catch on. Take, for instance, the programmable thermostat.

First introduced to consumers about ten years ago, the programmable thermostat has developed a reputation as a real money-saver. According to the Department of Energy, it can cut your home heating bill by up to 30%, your cooling bill by up to 25%. Not a bad return for an investment of just $50 to $100. It can easily pay for itself in just one season.

Yet despite all these advantages, only one in five American homes has one. What gives? Don't people want to save money anymore? "A lot of people are intimidated by the thought of installing and programming them," explains David Underhill of Hunter Fan Company, a leading manufacturer of programmable thermostats. "The word 'program" often makes people think of VCRs and similar devices which are perceived as complicated and hard to use. "The fact is, programming a modern thermostat is as easy as setting a digital alarm clock. And installing one is almost as easy."

Programmed properly, the new thermostat controls indoor temperature so it is most comfortable when you are awake and at home. When you are asleep or away, energy consumption is reduced, based on your temperature setting. It's a painless way to save. Your system runs only when you need it.

Savings will be evident the first time you get a utility bill, and you'll experience no loss of comfort in your home.

For more information, call 800 971-3267 or write Hunter Fan Company, POB 3900, Peoria, IL 61614.