(CNN/Gray News) – The government is out with energy-saving tips for the summer months and you’ll either love ‘em or hate ‘em.
The Department of Energy website recommends keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees during the cooling season. That’s only for the hours when you’re at home and awake.
When you’re away, the DOE also suggests you “keep your house warmer than normal.”
The folks at Consumer Reports say 85 is cool enough when you’re not at home.
And 82 is good enough when you’re asleep.
The Energy Star program, run by the Environmental Protection Agency, recommends using a programmable thermostat, so you can set it and forget it.
If you have a ceiling fan or box fan, that can help with cooling too by providing a breeze and circulating the air.
The guidelines are just suggestions, based on balancing comfort and saving money.
If they don’t work for you, trying experimenting with other settings to see what works best.