Federal Program Says You Should Set Your Thermostat To At Least 78 Degrees
By Bill Galluccio
August 21, 2019
A federal program is suggesting that Americans keep their homes nice and warm in an effort to save energy during the summer months. The new Energy Star guidelines suggest that you should set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home, and raise it to 82 degrees when you go to bed. When you aren't home, Energy Star says you should increase the temperature to 85 degrees.
Officials with Energy Star, a joint federal program run by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, even suggest turning off your air conditioning if possible, especially at night.
"If you live in an area with moderate temperatures, you might not need your central air conditioning all day and night. Take advantage of cooler night temperatures by keeping your windows open. Close them first thing in the morning and keep your shades and curtains drawn when it's sunny outside to prevent the sun from heating up the house," they wrote.
The DOE says that raising your thermostat by just one degree can shave about three percent off your energy bill.
Based on the reactions on social media, most Americans will not be following the new energy-saving suggestions.
Arizonans, get your angry typin' fingers ready! Energy Star (a federal program) recommends you never set your thermostat lower than 78 degrees while you're home. It suggests setting the temp to 85 while you're gone, and 82 while you sleep. ARE THEY CRAZY? Sound off on #TodayinAZ! pic.twitter.com/DQ0w6mqhZl— Paul Gerke (@PaulGerke) August 20, 2019
Also are my dogs just supposed to have a heat stroke while it’s 85 and I’m gone?— Bernie’s Flailing Arms are a Cop (@DianaTremaine82) August 19, 2019
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