Have you made changes to your programmable thermostat settings yet?
It’s important to take the time to change your programmable thermostat settings as the seasons change. Not only does the weather change, but your schedule may change as well! For example, if you have kids, they may be spending more time at home over the next few weeks for the holidays.
But,. what are those ideal settings? Well, we can’t tell you specifics for your particular family; remember, it’s completely customizable. But, we can tell you the temperatures the Department of Energy recommends for the right balance of comfort and efficiency.
Set the thermostat to 68°F while you are awake and at your home. While you sleep and/or while you work, you should program the thermostat to 7°F – 10°F lower than your ideal setting.
The same rules apply for summer, you should program the thermostat to be 7°F – 10°F lower than your ideal setting while you are asleep or if you work. But, while you are at home, the ideal temperature for comfort and efficiency is 78°F.
Not willing to drop your thermostat that lower or bump it up that high? Remember, even small adjustments can make a difference on your utility bill. Consider a degree or two at the very least.
What do you set your programmable thermostat to during the winter? Do you keep it in the 70s, or do you drop into the 60s?