I don't have any official stats on this, but if I had to guess, I'd say one of the leading causes of divorce is the inability to agree on what temperature to set the thermostat. Men are notorious for wanting the house to be a cooler temp than women...until menopause. At that point, all bets are off for everyone. But I digress.
The good news is—you're both wrong! Energy Star and the U.S. Department of Energy say the recommended thermostat setting for spring and summer is...are you ready for this...78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius)! Yeah, they're talking about the temperature inside your house.
But their recommendations don't stop there. The 78 degree temperature only applies to when you are home and need cooling. They also have a recommended thermostat setting for when you are away or sleeping. For those times, you should bump it up to...82 degrees!
It's fine. I've always wondered what it would feel like to sleep in AN ACTUAL OVEN!
I'll be the first to admit I like things on the warmer side. I spent a solid five years wearing a hoodie every day in corporate America. I wasn't following Mark Zuckerberg's lead, I was just constantly freezing! That being said, even I think 78 and 82 degrees is crazy talk.
So what's the reasoning behind the temperatures? According to the U.S. Department of Energy's website,
Duh. I mean they're not wrong. But isn't the point of living indoors to protect us from the elements, including the heat, of the outdoors? You know what would make your bill even lower? Not using air conditioning at all. But why stop there? You could lower your bill significantly by never turning on electronics, the heat, or lights, or by moving to a cave in the wilderness.
I get it, it's important to be mindful of how our actions impact the environment, but I think 78 degrees is unreasonable.
Who's with me?!?!