Programmable Thermostats Save Money?

It's hot outside, and if you're trying to keep cool indoors you might be bracing for sky-high utility bills this summer.

The City of Tallahassee is hoping to help out. It's launching a new program to help customers cut the costs.

One thousand customers are taking part in the city's programmable thermostat pilot program. City utilities estimates the thermostats can save as much as 30 percent on heating and cooling costs, which make up a majority of your utility bill.

That's all Roger Coleman needed to hear.

"Any time you can get an opportunity to participate; I sat down and talked about this with my family. We feel like we want to be a part of whatever it takes to try and save."

If programmable thermostats aren't an option for you, the city is urging customers to conserve energy to save. The city says utility bills will be about 15 to 20 percent higher than last summer due to higher fuel costs.