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Federal program says coolest you should keep your home is 78 degrees

Posted at 1:38 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 13:38:00-04

(WTXL) — Federal program Energy Star made recommendations for in-home air conditions, but we think they didn't have Florida in mind.

According to Energy Star, the federal program from the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, says the coolest you should keep your home is 78 degrees when you’re home.

Consumer Reports released setting recommendations, adding that families can save about three percent on their utility bill for every degree they raise the set temperature, according to the Department of Energy.

The program lists different settings for when you’re away or working. The Energy Star program recommends setting it at 85 degrees.

When you’re sleeping, set the thermostat at 82 degrees.

Ceiling fans are also recommended, but they note that fans cool people, not entire rooms.

If you find these temperatures too drastic, Florida's Public Service Commission also recommended keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees and raising it a few degrees when you leave for the day.