Controversial Recommendation for Thermostat Temperatures Sparks Debate

Yesterday, Jennifer Titus from 10 News tweeted a report from Energy Star, the federal program from the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, citing recommended temperatures for energy efficiency in your home.

The report suggested the following:

  • 78 degrees while you are in the home
  • 85 degrees while you are out of the home
  • 82 degrees while you are sleeping

These recommendations are designed to help residents conserve energy and cut down on monthly bills. Florida's Public Service Commission also recommends a temperature of 78 degrees while you are home, and suggests users raise the temps when leaving.

The initial tweet from Titus has since gone viral. Although some users admitted to following similar guidelines, most thought the recommendations were outrageous, especially those who live in Florida.

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