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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.
The White-Rodgers P200 is available on Amazon for just $23.77.
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.
You can find the Emerson 1F78-151 on Amazon for $26.02.
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.