If you are looking for ways to save money on your energy bill this summer, look no further than your thermostat. Research shows that turning the temperature up at least seven degrees for five days while you’re away from home can save you 10% on cooling costs.
Here’s how to get the most out of your thermostat.
Energy-Efficient Temperature Recommendations
According to 2019 guidelines that paralleled similar guidelines from 10 years earlier, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends using a programmable thermostat to change the temperature in your home based on whether you are at home, away from home or asleep:
At home: 78 degrees
Away: 85 degrees
Asleep: 82 degrees
Keep in mind that these summer temperature recommendations may not be perfect for your family, and you may want to personalize them. Try to find the highest possible temperature at which you can comfortably get a good night’s rest. While 65 degrees is the optimal temperature for deep sleep, you can most likely opt for a much higher temperature than this in the summer if you want to lower your electric bill dramatically.
You can also acclimate to higher temperatures by gradually adjusting your thermostat over the course of several days until you’re comfortable with the recommended 78 degrees.
The Department of Energy also recommends using fans to lower the temperature of your house further. By using ceiling or box fans, you can raise the temperature of your home another four degrees without noticing much of a difference in comfort.
For every degree you raise the temperature in your home this summer, you will save approximately 3% on your energy bill. If it is time to switch to an Energy Star-rated air conditioning unit or to get a programmable thermostat installed in your home, turn to Monarch Home Services today. To schedule your appointment, call (800) 830-9054.