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When You Turn Back Your Clocks This Weekend, Save Money And Energy By Programming Your Thermostat

November 1, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

    WHAT:      This weekend, as clocks are set back and smoke and carbon
               monoxide detector batteries are changed, homeowners should add
               one more quick and easy task to their Turn Back the Clocks to-
               do list: program your thermostats.

               Today's thermostats are intuitive, asking homeowners to enter
               basic information about their schedules and temperature
               preferences to achieve maximal money and energy savings. An
               optimal schedule ensures the home is comfortable during mornings
               and evenings when families are home, and goes into energy- and
               money-saving mode during the day and late at night when most
               families are away or sleeping.

               If the schedule needs to be adjusted, families with connected
               thermostats can make changes immediately from a smart phone or
               any web-enabled device, whether at work, running errands, or on

               Even easier, most thermostats, including all of those
               manufactured by Honeywell, come programmed with a default
               schedule designed for energy savings.

    WHY:       "Programming your thermostat is the single most effective way for
               a homeowner to control heating and cooling costs," according to
               Honeywell home comfort expert Pat Tessier. "As temperatures drop
               and days get shorter, programmable thermostats are a quick and
               easy way to ensure energy and cost savings immediately."

               The average American household spends $2,200 a year in
               electricity bills; over half of this is attributed to heating
               and cooling. (Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

               When used as directed, Honeywell's Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable
               Thermostat can save the average homeowner up to $200 annually on
               heating and cooling.

    HOW:       Ensure that your thermostat displays the correct time. If you
               have an older model, you may have to manually set your
               thermostat's clock back. Then follow these steps:

               1. Select the day of the week, your wake time, and desired
               temperature when you wake up. Choose your optimal temperature if
               the system is in heating mode, and your desired temperature if
               the system is in cooling mode.

               2. Repeat for each day of the week, both morning and evening,
               depending on your family's schedule.

               3. If you need to override programmed settings - for example, if
               your family is home during the day on Thanksgiving, adjust the
               temperature up or down depending on your preferences, and
               indicate the time the thermostat should resume its normal
               programmed schedule.

    RESOURCES: To get in touch with a local home comfort expert or for
               additional thermostat images, contact

               Visit www.wifithermostat.com for help choosing the right
               thermostat for your home, videos on how to install a
               programmable thermostat, and a rebate-finder tool to identify
               incentives for purchasing and installing a new thermostat.

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    Media Contact:
    Marie Yarroll               Andrea Clift
    763-954-6071                212-445-8269
    763-350-0434 mobile         619-987-2277 mobile
    marie.yarroll@honeywell.com aclift@webershandwick.com

SOURCE Honeywell

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