Setting your thermostat is a very personal decision for an individual or family. There are no set rules so your settings largely depend on your comfort. When you live in South Georgia, the summer the AC temperature is important but there are ways to save money and stay cool.
Weather is the top driver of high bills, as your A/C or heating system works longer to keep you comfortable. One way to take control of your energy use is to manage your thermostat settings. So the answer to your question. 78 degrees is the temperature recommended by the Department of Energy. Most of our customers like it a bit cooler, 72 degrees is more of an average in South Georgia.
When traveling away from home in summer or during warmer temperatures, cool your home at 82 degrees or higher for additional savings. In winter or during cooler temperatures, set your thermostat to 65 degrees or lower when you’re away.
On average for every degree you set your thermostat back, you save 2% on your electric bill. Keep in mind, the average household nationally spends more than $2,000 a year on their energy bills – with 50% to 60% going to cool or heat their home.
Through proper use of a programmable thermostat you can save about $180 every year in energy costs for a typical, single family home in South Georgia. Experiment with adjusting the temperature to see what is right for you and your family.
Contact Stay Cool AC and Heating to get a programmable thermostat installed and configured for your home or office.
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