The US Dept of Energy recommends setting thermostats at 78 for summer and 68 for winter. Have they lost their minds?
Was that for southern states as well? I guess so as Alabama Power says to try 78 or above for cooling in the summer. They add if you have a ceiling fan, you may be able to raise the temperature to 80 or higher! Have they lost their minds too? Are you kidding me, in Alabama in the summer? For heating, they say 68 or lower during the day and even cooler at night while you’re sleeping and snuggled under the covers.
Let’s compare a few things. I’ll go first:
• Where do you live: Alabama
• Your thermostat settings for summer and winter: 73 for cooling and heating
• Size of your home: 3500 sq ft
• Your average electric bill: $200 to $250 per month
Here’s what I think – those who are making all of these energy recommendations are full of you know what and have lost their minds! I’ll bet that they stay extra comfy in their homes during summer and winter! This just beats all, purely ridiculous!!! I get that they are trying to save on energy and energy costs but come on!!! And let’s not talk about electric cars, we’ll save that one for another day!!
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Yes, it is ridiculous. Next they will be asking us to use candles instead of lightbulbs.
Our energy costs are much higher than yours though. In California we just had a heat wave, and my electric bill was the highest it has been in years – $410 for one month. 2000 sq. ft. house, thermostat at 75-77. But it was totally worth it to run the a/c! We did upgrade our a/c this year. If we hadn’t, the bill would have been about $550.
In winter our highest gas bill is about $350 – though prices may have gone up since last year, too.
Janine, I know what you mean about the candles and light bulbs. Speaking of light bulbs, we’ve bought many boxes of them since the US Dept of Energy is phasing out incandescent light bulbs. The LEDs hurt my eyes. Yeah, sounds like your electric is higher than ours. We’re all electric, no gas.
Yikes! I agree I think they did loose their minds. I’m from Pennsylvania and I keep my heat at 73 in the winter and turn it down to 65 in the summer. I have air conditioning and my living room window faces west so even with air conditioning my living room can still be 74-75 until sunset in the summer.
So, you agree too, Paula 🙂 I went to a local shop one day this summer, it was close to 100 outside. I had just read about those recommendations. When I walked thru the door a blast of cold air hit me! I said to the shopkeeper, “Ah, you’re like me, doesn’t look like you’re going along with the recommendations from the Dept of Energy and Alabama Power. She didn’t know what I was talking about so I told her. Then she said, “You got that right honey! I’ll decide what temp my thermostat should be!”
Yes, I’m with you Dee.
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Dee, I hear you!
I live in Phx, AZ
73-75 for cooling
I will go to 70 for heating
1400 sq foot home
$214 per month. We are on an equalizer plan because otherwise our electric bill would be low in the winter and astronomical in the summer. And summer lasts a long time here.
Oh, and I have plenty to say about the push for those not so green electric cars!
Helen, thank for your comment. Yeah, those cars are a big no-no. My granddaughter wants one. I told her she’d be very wise not to buy one, that I’m sure she’d soon regret her purchase.
I would have to agree! We live in the desert Southwest and while we don’t have your humidity, it’s not unusual to shoot up in the triple digits much of the summer. We set our thermostat to about 72, especially when we go to bed, occasionally a little lower. In the winter we move it up and down some, often depending on who is adjusting it (LOL).
Donna, sounds like you set your similar to ours. I am going to be comfortable, no matter what!!
Sounds about right to me—yikes, maybe not a popular response but one that leads me to say it is a personal choice for sure and does indeed depend on where you live.
Definitely a personal choice, Jan, and I choose to be comfy 🙂
We used to keep our heat setting at 68 and it was COLD! Our long Connecticut winters can see temps in the negatives. My mother in law used to come visit with fingerless gloves, an extra sweatshirt, and her slippers. We now keep it closer to 73/74… mostly because it seems like as I age my tolerance for the cold gets less and less.
I understand, Joanne. We gotta do what makes us feel most comfy.
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They are nuts. My dad was (is?) an A/C man. He started out working for a company in AL called Bachelor’s. They did heating & air in Mobile (not sure if it’s a small company or large because I was a toddler then). We moved from Mobile to the MS Gulf Coast when I was 4 so I could go to a better school, and we could be closer to my mom’s parents (she was home sick only 45 minutes away lol). He then went to work putting the air into the navy ships at Ingalls. He has always said 79 in the summer and 69 in the winter. No thank you! Honestly I can’t remember if he stuck to it, but he must not have because I don’t remember being hot at home. Now we put ours on 68 in the summer & 68 in the winter. I’m way too hot natured to up it in the winter, but it never really gets cold down here. Maybe 5 days a year does it dip below 32. I could count on one hand the number of times our heater even kicked on in the winter last year. Honestly I don’t care if our power bill is $200. I should with our medical bills, but I can’t take this awful humid heat!
For sure, Niki. I don’t care what any government agency or company suggests, I aim to be comfortable!!
I live in northeastern Colorado. My son and I live in a 4500-square-foot house that was built in 1910. It doesn’t have central heating and cooling. The propane furnace heats the middle floor. My son lives on the top floor. He uses a portable oil-filled radiator-style space heater in his room.
I set the thermostat to 65 in the winter and that’s where it stays. Propane is expensive. Its per-gallon price is similar to gas prices. We have a 1000-gallon tank and I aim that it doesn’t have to be refilled more than once.
In the summer, we run fans.
Our electric bill is around $100 monthly in the summer and can creep up closer to $200 in the winter. The propane bill is around $265 a month. We get a little relief from LEAP (low income energy assistance program) as I am on disability.
I used propane many, many years ago as well as the oil filled heater you mentioned. Those little heaters can keep a room quite toasty in the winter. We’re all electric right now. Looks like it varies across the country due to how much is used and and what type. The Dept of Energy and Alabama Power need to rethink their recommendations because I am not going to freeze nor am I going to burn up, my concern is me being comfy year round.