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Summer Thermostat Setting: Should You Really Set It To 78?

Find out how to save on energy costs

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It’s been a hot summer here in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and southern Maine.

This kind of weather has been giving your home’s air conditioning a workout. And it may be giving you palpitations when you think about your energy bills.

But we have some solutions that can help you save money while keeping cool.

Why set the thermostat at 78?

You may have heard or read this advice before. It’s only part of the plan for reducing your air conditioning’s energy usage, and thus your energy bills, without having to give up comfort.

The United States Department of Energy offers this advice. When you’re home and awake, set the air conditioning to 78°F. That allows you to be cooler without being too cold and using too much energy.

Increase the air conditioner setting to 85˚ during the hours you’re out of the house.

When you increase the thermostat temperature by 7˚ to 10˚ for eight hours a day, you can save 10% on your cooling costs. Look at your energy bills. That 10% is not a small chunk of change!

Programmable thermostats make saving energy easy!

The biggest obstacle to those savings? Our day-to-day lives. We can be pretty busy, and in the rush to do all the things, we forget to adjust our thermostat.

P. Gagnon & Son has an answer for that: programmable thermostats! We sell and install top-quality programmable thermostats.

With a programmable thermostat, you just set it and forget it! When you head out for the day, your A/C’s temperature setting will increase.

You can also program you thermostat for when you go away for a few days, a week, or longer. Your home will be kept at a safe temperature, and you can program it so that it will be cool by the time you get home.

And the savings don’t end when summer does. Programmable thermostats can give you the same kind of energy and money savings when it comes to heating your home this winter!

Contact us to find out about programmable thermostat installation!