Set your thermostat to 68°F in the winter
You can save up to 10% on your heating bills by simply turning your thermostat down 7-10°F for eight hours.
Step by step:
- Set your "home occupied" temperature to 68°F in the winter. When you are awake and at home, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting your thermostat no higher than 68°F for heating.
- Set your "away from home" temperature. When you are away from home, set the thermostat to an energy-saving level. Setting the temperature 5-8°F lower is a good rule of thumb.
- Stay comfortable. Use an extra blanket to stay warm in colder months.
- Only heat the zones you occupy. If you have separate thermostats on different floors or in different areas, adjust the thermostat to avoid wasting energy in the area you are not using.
- Program it. Consider installing a programmable or smart thermostat for added convenience. Thermostats with adaptive recovery can keep track of seasons, maintain your programmed schedule more closely, and maximize savings. Others can learn your schedule without being programmed at all and can make suggestions about how you can save energy.
Go the extra mile: To save even more energy, set your thermostat 8°F lower in the winter when you're asleep.