There’s more than one reason people hate the federal government. Suggesting optimum thermostat temperature is between 78 and 85 during the worst heat of the summer easily cracks the top 5.

Energy Star, a program managed by the EPA and the Department of Energy, recently issued new guidelines for energy efficiency. The guidelines are absurd, particularly, if like me, you live in Texas where this time of year the mercury registers a cool 101 degrees and it feels like a balmy 110.

From Fox:

According to Energy Star, keeping your central air thermostat set to 78 degrees is optimal for both cooling and energy efficiency, but this recommendation only applies to the times when you are home.

While you are away from the house during the day, you should keep the thermostat set to 85 degrees or higher.

While you sleep, Energy Star recommends keeping the temperature set at 82 degrees or higher.

For those who hate to sweat in summer months, keeping your home temperature set at a minimum of 78 degrees during the day and 82 degrees through the night might sound awful, but the benefits are significant.

For every degree you raise the set temperature of your central air, you’ll save about three percent on your utility bill, according to the Department of Energy.

On top of running air conditioning, Energy Star also recommends opening windows to fill the house with cool air at night and then shutting all windows and blinds in the morning to trap the cool air inside. Additionally, air sealing your home and installing window treatments can help prevent heat gain via your doors and windows during the day.


Earth to Energy Star: THERE IS NO COOL AIR IN THE SOUTH DURING THE SUMMER. Sure, you can open your windows if you want mildew, mosquitos, and roaches in your house. But here in these parts, even at 10 PM, it’s still over 90 degrees.

I’ve lived in New York and spent a significant amount of time up and down the coasts. I am well acquainted with summers that do not require air conditioning or much of it. They are an absolute dream. Literally, for those of us that live down south. Especially me, who is six months pregnant, enduring a grueling Texas August.

We don’t try to lecture Yankees on the best way to handle cold, inclement weather, so maybe leave us and the blessing of air conditioning alone?  Or have some idea what you’re talking about before issuing super official federal guidelines that we probably paid for.


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