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Dept. of Energy recommends keeping your thermostat set to 78 or higher

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 13:30:40-04

PHOENIX — What temperature do you keep your thermostat at?

A new report from the Department of Energy suggests keeping your home no cooler that 78 degrees, even during the summer months in Arizona.

The report is aimed at helping people save money during the summer, while trying to keep you cool at the same time.

The DOE recommends keeping your home at 78 or warmer while you’re inside, and turning it up several degrees while you’re at work or away from home.

Here are five tips from the DOE to save money on your energy bill:

  • On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.
  • Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting, but avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. Consider air drying both dishes and clothing.
  • If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
  • Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows.