Recommendation for setting home thermostats at 78 degrees goes viral

Source: The Hill | August 20, 2019 | Marina Pitofsky

Energy recommendations from a government-backed program have gone viral after suggesting that people should keep their home thermostats at least at 78 degrees for cooling.

Energy Star, which works with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department to set efficiency benchmarks for appliances, electronics, building materials, lighting and other products, recommends that Americans program their thermostats to at least 78 degrees from 6 a.m.

The program then recommends temperatures be raised to at least 85 degrees from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at which point it recommends again setting temperatures to at least 78 degrees.

Thermostats should be then be set at 82 degrees or above from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m, according to the program.

Energy Star says Americans can “Achieve significant energy and money savings that are possible through the proper use of your programmable thermostat,” on its website. 

Although the suggestions are not new, some took to Twitter over the weekend to mock the recommendations, calling them uncomfortable even for those who want to save money on their heating and cooling bills.

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