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Sticky southern summers mean high home energy bills. So what’s the ideal setting on your thermostat that will keep you cool without costing a lot?

Just last month, Consumer Reports released their A/C recommendations to help cut down energy usage and expenses. According to the magazine, the coolest you should keep your house is 78 degrees when you’re home.

The U.S. Department of Energy agrees that 78 degrees is the optimal temperature and adds that fans cool people, not whole rooms. In other words, don’t leave fans on after you’ve left a room.

Here are the Energy Star guidelines for setting your thermostat:

  • 78° F when you’re home
  • 85° F when you’re at work or away
  • 82° F when you’re sleeping

I’ll try it but I can already hear the complaints from my family.

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