What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

old non-programmable thermostat

on February 4, 2014

Painting the sitting room has been the nudge to make more than one domino fall. We reached the wall the thermostat is on today. We had ordered and received the new programmable unit a few weeks ago. So, in a long-anticipated shed, we replaced our manual, analog thermostat.

We investigated doing so years ago, but found we needed something more than an off-the-shelf version. The price for one compatible with our heat pump and auxiliary electric heat gave us pause—literally. Like computers and mobile phones, though, digital programmable thermostats cost much less now than when introduced.

And they can save a lot of energy: 1% for every degree the temperature is lowered for a setback period of at least eight hours, the US Department of Energy says. Tonight, about 3 am, we plan to be warm under a comforter while it’s 62°F in the house.

25-year-old Bryant heat pump thermostat

25-year-old Bryant heat pump thermostat

It was an easy DIY job. We were grateful the mounting holes on the new thermostat matched those of the old. The bases aren’t the same size and shape, so I spread joint compound, sanded, and primed to hide the paint lines. Connections for control cables are fairly well standardized, so we just followed the instructions. The hardest part was waiting for the plaster to dry.

Our old thermostat used a mercury switch, which can present a disposal problem. But it appears our county recycling division accepts them through an HVAC-industry-funded solution.

I knew this project/shed wouldn’t be hard, but it was even easier than I thought. My happiness at getting it done quite exceeds my sorrow I didn’t sooner.

shedding styles: replace, recycle
destination: household hazardous waste recycling program

Comments welcome … what might you shed today?

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