You don't have to spend a ton of cash on a new thermostat. Here are five basic programmable models that cost $30 or less.
The Hunter 44157 thermostat costs $25.
It requires two AA batteries to power the display.
Unfortunately, it buzzed every time I pressed a button.
Lux's TX500U is slightly pricier at $30.
The "Next" button on the bottom right side of the display makes it much easier to program this thermostat.
I also like that it displays the ambient and set temperatures at the same time.
It comes with a 5-1-1 program so you can schedule Saturday and Sunday separately.
Honeywell's RTHL2310B costs $25.
It has a green backlight and all of the basics you need to program your heat and air conditioning.
The RTHL2310B's is pretty minimal, too.
This model has fewer features than the competition, though, making it hard to recommend.
It doesn't even have a backlight to make it easier to see the display.