Energy Tip Details
Every degree you raise the temperature setting for cooling can save you about 3% on your energy bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, raising the temperature setting for cooling to 78° F can reduce energy costs by up to 15%.
What You Need to Do
  • Step 1
    Consult your cooling system's operating manual for instructions on how to reprogram the programmable thermostat's threshold temperature to 78° F.
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