Set your thermostat to 78°F in the summer
You can save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7-10°F for eight hours a day from its normal setting.
Go the extra mile:
- Set your "home occupied" temperature. When you are awake and at home, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting your thermostat to 78°F in the summer.
- 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 higher in the summer is a good rule of thumb.
- Stay comfortable. Use a fan to stay cool in warmer months.
- Only cool 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.
To save even more energy, set your thermostat at least 5°F higher in the summer when you're asleep.
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