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Stay Cool and Save Energy: 3 Tips for Setting Your Thermostat During Summer Heat

Setting your thermostat for energy efficiency and comfort

As the summer heat rolls in, it's essential to keep your home comfortable while also ensuring energy efficiency. One of the most effective ways to achieve this balance is by properly setting your thermostat. Below are 3 tips for setting your thermostat to help optimize your thermostat settings, keeping you cool, reducing energy consumption, and saving on utility bill!

Set an Optimal Temperature: While personal preferences vary, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting your thermostat to 78°F (25.5°C). If 78 degrees during summer heat isn’t cool enough for you, try increasing your settings one to two degrees higher than normal to see if you can notice a difference. Each degree you raise the temperature can save you around 3-5% on cooling costs!

**Remember, humidity can make you feel hotter!! Installing a whole home dehumidifier or a standalone dehumidifier can greatly improve how cool your home feels.

Utilize Programmable Thermostats: With programmable thermostats, you can create custom temperature schedules based on your daily routine. For example, you can set the temperature to be slightly higher when you're away and have it automatically adjust to a cooler setting before you get home. This will reduce unnecessary cooling when the house is empty.

Take Advantage of Smart Thermostats: For even more control and energy management, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can be controlled remotely via smartphone apps or connected to smart home systems, allowing you to adjust settings from anywhere. Many come with additional features like occupancy detection, learning algorithms, and energy usage reports. Smart thermostats empower you to monitor your energy consumption patterns and make informed decisions to optimize comfort and savings.

More Tips to Stay Cool and Save Energy!

  • Utilize Ceiling Fans: During the summer months, set your ceiling fan blades to spin counterclockwise. You’ll find that the room can feel much cooler and stays consistent throughout the day.

  • Properly Insulate: A properly insulated home prevents cool air from escaping and warm air from entering. One easy step to take is to Weatherstrip doors and windows.

  • Block The Sun: Close curtains or blinds during the day to prevent direct sunlight from heating up your home.

  • Don’t Block Airflow: Keep air vents and registers clear of obstructions, allowing for better air circulation throughout your home. Regular HVAC system maintenance and filter replacement can also help ensure proper airflow in your home.

  • Grill More, Bake Less: Turning on heat generating appliances can raise your home temperature by up to 10 degrees!

Stay cool, save money, and enjoy this summer season inside and outside of your home!

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