What temperature should I set my air conditioner during the summer (or my heat during the winter)?

Setting your thermostat is a very personal decision. There are no hard-and-fast rules - - your settings largely depend on your own comfort. On average, for every degree you set back your thermostat, you can save 2% on your energy bill. And keep in mind, the average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills - nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling.

Through proper use of a programmable thermostat (using the 4 pre-programmed settings) you can save about $180* every year in energy costs for a typical, single-family home. Experiment with adjusting the temperature to see what is right for you and your family. Learn more at energystar.gov/pts.

*The $180 savings assumes an 8 hour daytime setback and a 10 hour nighttime setback of 8 degrees F in winter and 4 degrees F in summer. Visit our Programmable Thermostat Calculator  to see how much you can save.

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  • Date Created: 7/29/2011
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