Now that the hottest days of summer are behind us, finding more energy efficient ways to keep the home comfortable before winter arrives could help homeowners maximize savings during this lag time between the intense seasons. The temperature during the hottest part of the day may still reach into the 80’s, but our mornings, evenings, and nights are much cooler than they were earlier in the season. Make the most out of these cooler times of the day and find ways to use the air conditioning system less without sacrificing home comfort.
Adjusting the Thermostat to Save Money
Much of this country experienced record high temperatures this summer. The droughts across the Midwest are just one manifestation of the extreme heat, and going without air conditioning during these times was simply not practical. We all had to suck it up and spend a little more every month on our energy bills for the sake of safety and comfort, but now we have a unique chance to accrue savings through a simple adjustment of the thermostat.
Energy Star® offers a great programming plan for those of us that have programmable thermostats, but even those that have a manual thermostat can use these settings as guidance. This is the basic setting recommendations they make for both heating and cooling:
Energy Star® Recommendations for Thermostat Settings:
|Setting||Temperature Setting (Furnace | Heating)||Temperature Setting (Air Conditioner)|
|Wake-Up Time||≤70 °F||≥ 78 °F|
|Away During the Day||Decrease temp by at least 8° F but do not set temperature lower than 55° F||Increase temp by at least °7 F|
|Evening at Home||≤70° F||≥78° F|
|While You Sleep||Decrease temp by at least 8° F but do not set temperature lower than 55° F||Increase temp by at least 4° F|
Savings without Sacrifice
Setting the thermostat like this during the heat waves may not have been practical, but using these settings now could save you big bucks before winter arrives. Try out these settings in your home and see how much money you can save without sacrificing comfort.