Feds Suggest 82° Is Where Your Thermostat Should Be Set At Night

Federal energy program suggests keeping your thermostat set at 78 degrees during the day and 82 while you sleep.

That’s a huge no for my family because it’s a full 10 degrees higher than we like it.  Sleeping when it’s 82 degrees. Nope. And the whole “open the windows at night to let cool air flood in” listen up it’s August in Oklahoma and there isn’t any cool night air. 

However, I would like to suggest that if your cooling bills are too high replace your system and it will cut your bill in almost half.

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To keep your home cool with central air conditioning while also optimizing energy efficiency (and therefore cost), keep the temperature at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

The suggestion comes from Energy Star, a federal program managed jointly by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency that provides information to consumers about energy efficiency practices that not only save consumers money, but also improve air quality and protect the environment.

With record-breaking heat waves becoming the norm, finding ways to beat the heat without busting your budget might seem mystifying, which is why Energy Star provided consumers with a set of energy-saving recommendations on how to best manage central air conditioning in warmer spring and summer months. More

If you do this in areas where the temps routinely soar during the day and may not get below 80 at night, your A/C will run non-stop for hours trying to recover to your at-home temp set point. So how much energy is really being saved?

Alright then… But before we cave to their suggestions, May I suggest they set precedence by setting their own home thermostats and especially your offices to 78/82 degrees. I mean, what’s good for the Goose is good for the Gander, right?

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