Set your thermostat to 68°F in the winter

Why? You can save on your heating bills by simply turning your thermostat down 5°F for eight hours.
  • Set your "home occupied" temperature. When you are awake and at home, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting your thermostat to 68°F in the winter.
  • Set your "away from home" temperature. When you are away from home, set the thermostat to an energy-saving level. Setting the temperature at least 5°F lower in the winter is a good rule of thumb.
  • Stay comfortable. Use an extra blanket to stay warm in colder months.
  • Only heat the zones you occupy. If you have separate thermostats on different floors or in different areas, adjust the thermostat to avoid wasting energy in the area you are not using.
  • Program it. Consider installing a programmable thermostat for added convenience.
Go the extra mile: To save even more energy, set your thermostat at least 5°F lower in the winter when you're asleep.
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