Set your air conditioning to 78 degrees during the day, 82 degrees at night, federal agencies recommend

Looking to beat the heat without breaking the bank? Energy Star, the federal program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, has some tips — but you might not like them.

Energy Star recommends that, in order to reduce costs and energy usage, you should set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible through the summer.

Specifically, they say you should set your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home.

Spending the day out? Turn that thermostat up 7 degrees to 85.

Then, when you finally hit the hay, the federal program recommends setting your thermostat to 82 degrees.

They add that, if you’re using a ceiling fan, you can even turn up the temperature another 4 degrees without losing any comfort.

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  • me

    Energy prices would be cheaper if we would use coal or natural gas to make electricity. The push to use wind and solar has cause prices to rise and soon we’ll start having rolling black outs to keep up with demand. If I have to put my air conditioner at 78 i might as well just turn it off and open the windows.


    Governmental idiots!!!! why have an air conditioner if you have it at 82 degrees while TRYING to sleep. These are the fools we are supposed to listen too and trust. I bet not one person from the EPA sets there air at 78 degrees on a 95 degree day, let alone 82 degrees while TRYING to sleep

  • takk

    pardon my french but what are the smoking ,then whats the since of having a air conditioner plus there offices are lies a freezer in there.for me the colder the better ,i have a window opened in winter and a fan in my bed room

  • Kevin Rahe

    I actually go the opposite direction at night. I keep the temperature at 76 during the day (it’s a very well insulated home, so the air conditioner never runs constantly, even when it’s 100 degrees outside), then have my setback thermostat drop it to 75 at 11pm so no one feels like it’s hot when they go to bed (we have a 2-story home with the bedrooms upstairs). Then at 5:30am it drops another degree to clear out any warm air that has built up upstairs during the night so it’s comfortable when people wake up. At 8am it goes back to 76. I have to believe it takes less energy to bring the temperature down 2 degrees when it’s cool and dark outside than it does to bring it down 6 degrees when the sun’s up and it’s getting warmer, as they suggest in the article. (At least in my house.)

  • Derp

    Then when you get home and your air conditioner has to run non-stop for 8 hours and it blows a capacitor it will REALLY save you some cooling costs…
    If you wonder why more and more people think everyone in government is completely incompetent, look no further than the EPA.

  • G

    Wtf are they thinking….76 degrees when at work, around 4 it sets to 70-71 for when we get home and through the night….They are crazy. I could not sleep worth a crap at that! Even my weekend camping its set to freeze me out!

  • mr obvious

    When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy start paying my utility bills, I’ll listen to their suggestions.

  • J.B.

    Yeah i could see how the EPA is telling me i should try to sleep with my air conditioner set at 86 and that might save me money..
    or i could just not have an air conditioner at all and try to sleep with the windows open and still be 10 degrees cooler than that in Michigan.
    EPA = Environmental Pinhead Association

  • P Rogers

    There is no way I can sleep in a room that is 82 degrees or 86 degrees when my fan is on “without loosing any comfort”. Sleep experts tells us to set our thermostat to 68 degrees at night. Obviously the person writing this is not a middle aged woman going through menopause.

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