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.


  • john williams

    Because the government knows how to best manage money, road construction, healthcare, defense spending, retirement money, etc,…….so why not the temperature, right?

  • pats64

    As soon as winter arrives they will suggest to you to keep your furnace off until it reaches below 0…idiots

  • Lisa Marshinski

    Is why all those smart meters went in all over the world. It’s all about the control baby. Agenda 30 is in the works

  • 16observer

    We’ve become wimps. Often times you’ll hear people say :”Oh, I just love the summer.” Yeah. They go from their air conditioned homes to their air conditioned cars to their air conditioned workplace. The only time they experience the heat is when they jump in the pool. Remember this. No one loves the heat in a power failure.

    • straubdavid9

      We can get all the energy we want if we build more nuclear power plants …. there …. I fixed the problem …. your turn.

  • Bob Stevens

    Yeahhh… no, I wont be able to sleep at that, any time of the year. I’m not a reptilian.
    70 degrees (at thermostat) in winter and 2 window ACs on to keep it as close to that in summer, thanks. Plus if its 85 at my thermostat, it will be dam near 100 upstairs in my bedroom.

  • straubdavid9

    Are these people nuts … 78F is intolerable at any time of the year inside my house. I keep my heat and my cooling at 68F when they are on.

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