Green Tips: Turn Down the Thermostat

When it comes to saving energy, it turns out dad was right. Turn your thermostat down and wrap up in a toasty sweater or blanket. In addition, use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature at night while you’re sleeping.

If you’re looking to cut down on energy consumption, one of the best things you can do is lower the temperature on the thermostat. Lowering the thermostat is often overlooked, but it can save you the most amount of money. To get started try lowering your thermostat one degree at a time every few days until you get down to 68-70 degrees.

Programmable thermostats are ideal for winterization, as you can set the temperatures to go up or down according to the time. You can keep your home’s temperature at a cooler level while you are sleeping and away at work during the day, but you can still wake up to a warm house in the morning and come home to one at night, as well. Usually 60-65 degrees is good for sleeping and 55 degrees is enough while you are away from home.

About Barbara Holbrook

Barbara lives in Southern California where she writes about technology, design and smart ways to go green.

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