Programmable Thermostat Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when slippers become a daily staple, hot tea seems to pour itself in your mug, and heating bills begin to climb to sometimes uncomfortable levels. The Home Depot wants to help you save energy and money this brisk winter season (and all year round), but we’ll get to that in just a moment.

First, let’s talk for a few minutes about programmable thermostats and what they can do for you and your home.

A programmable thermostat monitors the temperature of your home while you’re asleep or away. For example, the Rite Temp 7 Day Programmable Thermostat, an ENERGY STAR-qualified thermostat available at The Home Depot, offers temperature programming for every day of the week. And the RiteTemp Flush Mount Thermostat appears flush with the wall when mounted. Its unique touch screen and easy to read back lit screen offer a more modern look for your household thermostat.

Rite Temp 7 Day Programmable Thermostat

Programming is extremely simple. You can program the thermostat to change the set point at any time, allowing you to automatically set temperatures for different times of the day. During the winter, you can keep the house cooler while you’re at work and program the temperature to warm up when you arrive home. This programming feature is estimated to save about two percent on heating bills and more than three percent on cooling bills for each degree difference. These numbers will translate into cost savings of up to $180 a year and is well worth the time replacing your current thermostat will take.

Rite Temp Flush Mount Programmable Thermostat

A versatile thermostat that works for you, helps you go and stay green, and saves you money monthly? Sounds great, right?

Well here’s where it gets even better.

The Home Depot wants to give one lucky 5 Minutes for Going Green reader a programmable thermostat of their very own (valued at $50-$99 USD).

How to get in on the green giveaway action? Simple.

Just leave a comment on this post any time between today and Sunday December 7th by 7pm EST and consider yourself entered. (Be sure to use a valid email address when leaving your entry comments, as I’ll use that email address to notify the winner of the contest.)

On December 8th I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner. Easy as (pumpkin) pie.

Also: in between now and December 8th be sure to check back in on 5 Minutes for Going Green daily, as we’ll be featuring a number of green product reviews from The Home Depot this week and next, as well as some more standard 5 Minutes for Going Green weekly programming, including showcasing some great eco-friendly customizable greeting cards for all occasions and seasons.

Some more contest-related details, and to recap:

  • As always, non bloggers are welcome to participate!
  • Contest entries are open from Monday, November 24th through Sunday, December 7th at 7pm EST.
  • Our winner will be drawn randomly and we will announce the winner Monday, December 8th. Please make sure to check our site and your email address to see if you have won a prize. We must receive your reply within 5 business days. (If you want your prize to arrive in time — the sooner we hear from you, the better!)
  • This contest is open to US & Canadian shipping addresses. Due to legal restrictions, this promotion is not available in Arizona or Quebec.
  • Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our Contest and Giveaway Rules.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get commenting! And be sure to spread the giveaway word!


An original 5 Minutes for Going Green post. Read more about all things Kerri Anne, including her renewed commitment to green living at For more information on how to save with programmable thermostats, including directions on how to install them, visit The Home Depot’s programmable thermostat product page. Want even more ideas on how to save energy in your home? Here are ten more.

80 Responses to Programmable Thermostat Giveaway!
  1. robin
    November 24, 2008 | 6:54 am

    My programmable thermostat is broken! I would love a super-efficient new one.

  2. Mimi
    November 24, 2008 | 8:02 am

    This is really cool, but I don’t have heating or AC so I don’t need one… Good luck everyone!

  3. molly
    November 24, 2008 | 8:08 am

    We could really use one of these in our house! I think the one we have right now is from 1670 or thereabouts.

  4. Becky
    November 24, 2008 | 8:50 am

    I’d love to win a programable thermostat. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  5. Blessed
    November 24, 2008 | 9:05 am

    This is certainly something we could use! Our vintage thermostat is on it’s last legs….

  6. Brooke
    November 24, 2008 | 10:23 am

    Awesome! This is a great idea!!

  7. Ruby
    November 24, 2008 | 10:30 am

    Very cool. I would love to have one for our house.

  8. Queen of the Click
    November 24, 2008 | 11:09 am

    What a great giveaway! This is so useful. I hope I am lucky on the 30th!

  9. Ashley
    November 24, 2008 | 11:23 am

    I would LOVE one of these- and I LOVE your blog. Thanks for all the great tips!

  10. Deborah
    November 24, 2008 | 1:07 pm

    thanks this would be great We’d really appreciate it

  11. Marisa M
    November 24, 2008 | 2:34 pm

    Looks like a nice one. Thanks!

  12. Carrie Lim
    November 24, 2008 | 2:35 pm

    I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

  13. Sue O
    November 24, 2008 | 2:44 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to try this in our house!

  14. onemotherslove
    November 24, 2008 | 3:00 pm

    Cool! DH & I were just talking about our need for a programmable thermostat so we don’t forget to turn it down at night!

  15. Leah
    November 24, 2008 | 4:55 pm

    The BF and I were just talking about getting one of these for our apartment. Winning this would be great!

  16. Heather
    November 24, 2008 | 6:27 pm

    Our home really needs one of these. My husband would love for me to win this for christmas. He’s really the more green one of the two of us but I’m trying.

  17. Shelly
    November 24, 2008 | 6:28 pm

    This would be wonderful!! We’ve always just turned it up and down by hand, but we have a new addition to our house and have been leaving the heat up instead of making yet another trip downstairs at 6:00 a.m. when he usually gets up and we’re trying to get him back to sleep. Thank you!

  18. Diamny
    November 24, 2008 | 9:08 pm

    I’ll love to win!!!! Specially now that I have my son, he is only 9 month. With that thermostat home will be warm when we get home.

  19. Blaise
    November 24, 2008 | 9:26 pm

    Please enter me in your giveaway. This thermostat would be a great fuel saver. Thanks.

  20. NinjaPrincess
    November 24, 2008 | 9:45 pm

    I’d like to enter the drawing!

  21. Diana
    November 24, 2008 | 9:55 pm

    My programmable doesn’t seem to work correctly. Do these also have a setting for back up heating. We have both the heat pump and a furnace, so we’d need one that could do that too.

  22. Natalie W
    November 24, 2008 | 10:40 pm

    Replacing the our thermostat is high on my husband’s and my to do list. This would be a great help in getting it done! Thank you so much!

  23. Carla Pullum
    November 25, 2008 | 2:13 am

    Count me in I could really use this!

  24. Sheree
    November 25, 2008 | 10:57 am

    I could totally use this is my home. Please count me in.

  25. Rebecca
    November 25, 2008 | 11:09 am

    Even though we don’t pay for the gas that heats our home (included in rent), I still think it’s important to conserve energy.

  26. Susan (5 Minutes for Mom)
    November 25, 2008 | 12:27 pm

    I love the idea of programming the temp for different times of day.

    (This isn’t an entry to win though… since this is me Susan…)

  27. midlife mommy
    November 25, 2008 | 10:17 pm

    I would love one of those! My husband does it manually, and I would like things to start about an hour before we get home (it’s freezing otherwise).

  28. Annie Bankss
    November 26, 2008 | 2:48 am

    wow it would be the best christmas Gift for this winter I would love to have it.

    Save Our Planet

  29. diana
    November 26, 2008 | 1:42 pm

    Yes, please count me in.

  30. Jaime
    November 26, 2008 | 4:39 pm

    i would LOVE one of these!! :)

  31. Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy
    November 27, 2008 | 9:13 am

    We don’t even have a programmable thermostat so this would be a blessing! My husband has to wake up in the middle of the night and turn our heat on 90 degrees just to get it to come on!

    kristinia at lovingheartmommy dot com

  32. Jessica
    November 27, 2008 | 3:00 pm

    Count me in – I’d love a new thermostat that actually works!

  33. Michele Pineda
    November 27, 2008 | 10:52 pm

    this would be great for my house-I work in Energy Services so know the importance of being able to use a programmed thermostat in order to save oil and energy by turning down the thermostat when you are away from home or at work during the day.

  34. Brenda Callahan
    November 27, 2008 | 11:03 pm

    i have a vintage dial thermostat! I am constantly turning it because it either gets too hot or too cold due to it not functioning properly. want one of these badly!!!
    thanks so much for the opportunity!

  35. Dana Fejes
    November 28, 2008 | 11:27 pm

    Hi there, this is a great blog! Thanks for this giveaway opportunity. I would love to have a programmable thermostat. What a great idea!

  36. aj
    November 30, 2008 | 3:28 am

    I’m in – going green, the only way!

  37. Nadine
    November 30, 2008 | 3:11 pm

    I definitely need one of these!

  38. Ginny
    November 30, 2008 | 5:57 pm

    I’ve been wanting one of these, ours is ancient!

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  40. Ingrid
    December 1, 2008 | 12:34 pm

    I would like to be entered for the thermostat give-away. Thanks.

  41. Therese
    December 1, 2008 | 6:40 pm

    These look really nice.

  42. Teri
    December 1, 2008 | 8:30 pm

    Slowly were replacing much of what was installed in our house when we first built it – and this is on the list. (I just learned that you should replace smoke detectors — not just the batteries — every 10 – 12 years. Add it to the list …


  43. Ron B
    December 1, 2008 | 8:52 pm

    Is there a list that compares all of the signficant features of programmable thermostats from various manufacturers? Many sites offer that for cars and trucks, it sure would help when selecting a programmable thermostat.

  44. Michelle
    December 2, 2008 | 5:39 am

    My husband would say the only thing it’s missing is a tiny voice that would tell me “Quit touching me!” every time I go to turn up the furnace.

  45. Carolyn
    December 2, 2008 | 9:22 am

    This is great. Our thermostat is very unreliable because you never have any idea where it is really set.

  46. Tammi
    December 2, 2008 | 11:17 am

    I’ve had one of these on my list for years, but it never quite makes it far enough up on the list to actually get bought. I need to plant another money tree, like most people, but I’ve been lazy.

    I didn’t know about smoke detectors, so thanks for that, Teri.

  47. Jean D.
    December 2, 2008 | 12:31 pm

    Great contest! I set my thermostat so low because of heating costs, and man, it’s freezing around here. It would be great if the house temperature rose just before I got home each night.


  48. vanessa brown
    December 2, 2008 | 4:58 pm

    We are slowly updating our 1970’s house, and we would love this new thermostat. My Dad has one and he loves it!

  49. velocibadgergirl
    December 3, 2008 | 1:52 am

    Hey, I could totally use one of those! Count me in :D

  50. Jessica P
    December 3, 2008 | 3:40 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway

  51. Ashley Barnhart
    December 4, 2008 | 3:29 am

    i need this for my hundred year old house!

  52. Jen
    December 4, 2008 | 3:31 am

    This would be a great gift for my parents, they have a manual thermostat… or for us, ours is hard to program and we’ve just been flipping it off and on since the weather changed! Thanks for the chance to win.

  53. susan
    December 4, 2008 | 7:27 am

    I could sure use one of these.

  54. susan
    December 4, 2008 | 7:27 am

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  55. susan
    December 4, 2008 | 7:28 am

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  56. susan
    December 4, 2008 | 7:28 am

    I have your button on my sidebar.

  57. Laura
    December 4, 2008 | 9:12 am

    I am having a baby so I need one of these.

  58. Nicole (SAHM Ramblings)
    December 4, 2008 | 9:35 am

    I would love this. The programmable thermostat we have in this house isn’t very good and we end up sweating to death while we sleep! I want a new one that works!

  59. Christina
    December 4, 2008 | 10:12 am

    I would be great!!

  60. TASHA
    December 4, 2008 | 10:20 am

    I want to really win this-this is great!! I so need a new thermastat and this is fabulous.

  61. Kris J
    December 4, 2008 | 10:29 am

    This would be great to go with our new heat/air system!

  62. Maria D.
    December 4, 2008 | 10:37 am

    Pick me! :)

  63. Teresa
    December 4, 2008 | 10:46 am

    I have been putting off buying one of these for way too long! In fact, I was just thinking THIS MORNING (when it was 20 degrees outside) that I should do that very soon! If I won one that would be even better!

  64. Sara
    December 4, 2008 | 12:08 pm

    I’m so forgetful I always leave the temp up when we go to bed. This would be helpful for all those bouts of momnesia!

  65. Beachcomber
    December 4, 2008 | 3:20 pm

    I would love to have this. Thanks!

  66. Heffalump
    December 4, 2008 | 4:45 pm

    I have been wanting to get one of these this year. We could really use one!

  67. Diana Corlett
    December 4, 2008 | 5:27 pm

    Heating costs have become prohibitive, so could certainly use this prize!

    dlcwin AT gmail DOT com

  68. Grains of Hope
    December 4, 2008 | 6:13 pm

    I like to sleep when it is cooler, but it is hard to get out from under the warm blankets in the morning to shower in a cold bathroom. And a 7 day spread will be great, because we tend to sleep in on weekends.

  69. Kari A.
    December 5, 2008 | 1:37 am

    We have an “old school” thermostat… it is time! Past time!

  70. Diane
    December 5, 2008 | 2:02 pm

    I’d love this! Something is amiss with our thermostat. It always clicks on twice in a row, like it needs another 15 seconds of warming! I figure it’s using up some electricity right there!
    themommyspot at gmail dot com

  71. Soggy Granola Mom
    December 5, 2008 | 6:53 pm

    Wish me luck. ;)

    [email protected]

  72. Jennifer V
    December 6, 2008 | 12:41 am

    Would love to win!

  73. Joy
    December 6, 2008 | 1:33 am

    In the house I’m moving to, the heat/AC is an old thermostat and heats three rooms in the attached building that are not a part of our apartment. This would be a HUGE help at night!

  74. Michele
    December 6, 2008 | 1:45 am

    Oh, I’d LOVE to win this for my mom and dad for Christmas!!!! They could SO use it now that my dad has retired from teaching!! This is a fabulous giveaway and wonderful opportunity you’re offering your readers!!

    Thanks so much!!
    Michele R.(CA)
    [email protected]
    Butterfly Whispers

  75. Thao
    December 6, 2008 | 10:36 am

    This is a great way to regulate temp in the house. i am always too hot or too cold.

    member (dot) thao (at)gmail (dot) com

  76. Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans
    December 6, 2008 | 11:44 pm

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! This would be fantastic!!

  77. Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry
    December 7, 2008 | 1:54 am

    We’d love to win a programmable thermostat. Thanks!

  78. Laurie Matherne
    December 7, 2008 | 2:58 pm

    I would love to put this in my drafty old house in New Orleans.

  79. Heather H
    December 7, 2008 | 3:37 pm

    It would be great to win this.

    Thank You.

  80. Janice J
    December 7, 2008 | 5:05 pm

    A Programmable Thermostat would be so wonderful,
    our thermostat is so old, but still works, so we haven’t upgraded to anything better. Thanks for the giveaway.