Aaron Mtuanwi, INSPIRED TO SERVE Atlanta, GA [Metro Atlanta Area] (LBBM Brokers, Inc)

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Diana Zaccaro
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Aaron, That's a bit of a trick question since the thermostat temperature is just one part of energy costs. You can ask your electric company if they do a free energy study for your home with recommendations on how to save on energy costs. We had that done years ago and it was surprising what they recommended and how many things there are that can be done besides watching the temperature.

 

Oct 17, 2016 01:14 PM
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William Feela
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WEll the closer it is set to the outside temp, the less your furnace will run

Oct 17, 2016 11:08 AM
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Debbie Gartner
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I don't think we are the right people to ask...you should try experts.  All that aside, I think it depends season and outdoor vs indoor temperature.

And, to save, use fans in summer, make sure place well insulated and use timers.

In general, in winter, it will save costs if temp is lower, but it will be less comfortable and vice versa in summer.

I would test to see what's comfortable to YOU.

Oct 17, 2016 09:06 AM
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Mary Yonkers
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I prefer comfortable. When I am on vacation I turn the thermostat down but have a family member check the house periodically or after storms.

Oct 17, 2016 08:48 PM
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Paul Antonelli
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here in Florida we keep vacant homes at 79, just enough to keep the air moving so not to cause mold.

Oct 17, 2016 08:35 PM
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What does your local utility company have to say? We can also save energy in our area by running appliances such as the dishwasher, washer and dryer at off hours (before 9 am, after 6 pm). Diana Zaccaro has a great suggestion about an energy audit

Oct 17, 2016 01:15 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
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You don't want it so low that the pipes freeze!

Oct 17, 2016 12:22 PM
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You need to check with different providers for their suggestions.

Oct 17, 2016 12:11 PM
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Thermostat on air conditioner = 68-70 degrees

Thermostat on hot water heater = 170 - 180 degrees

  I know, that is not energy efficient, but those are the preferences for my wife!

The real answer is 78 degrees for the air conditioner, 120 for the water heater.

Oct 17, 2016 11:03 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
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The answer is in your question.  

Oct 17, 2016 10:25 AM
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Sam Shueh
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A number of factors any babies, sick, people with poor circulation? During Carter days he was the one puts on a sweater and mandate it was set  at 65 deg F in all government offices.  You turn it low at night.  Activate it only when you are at home.  I have blogged at least 5 times on how to save energy and got an interested people ask my opinion on solar. No, I do not have solar and unlikely to have it since it has been very low all these years. I designed the home and have energy conservation built in. 

Oct 17, 2016 09:38 AM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
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It depends, but I believe a range between 70 degrees to 75 degrees should be comfortable to the large population.

Oct 17, 2016 08:43 AM
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Set it 2 degrees above your most comfrotable cooling temp and 2 degrees under your most comfortable heat setting and you will save money.

Nov 26, 2016 08:49 PM
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Kevin J. May
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Set it higher in summer and lower in the winter. It'll all depend on how much clothing you're willing to put on during the latter and how much you can take off during the former.

Oct 18, 2016 03:04 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Aaron Mtuanwi I believe DOE recommends 78 degrees during the Summer and 68 degrees in the Winter months.

Oct 18, 2016 12:08 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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ditto to what Diana Zaccaro stated.... good stuff....

Oct 17, 2016 10:07 PM
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Roy Kelley
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This is a matter of personal preference. Older people often want a warmer home. Heavy folks like it cooler. 

68 degrees during the winter may be a good idea for savings but not comfortable for some of the occupants.

Oct 17, 2016 09:59 PM
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Carol Williams
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If saving energy costs is your primary concern, turn the unit off.  LOL   There are a number of ways to save energy costs in addition to the thermostat control... like turning the temperature of your water heater temperature down, using your dryer efficiently, grilling more instead of using the stove/cooktop... etc, etc, etc. 

Oct 17, 2016 06:20 PM
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There are numerous factors involved.  If different providers are providing you with different suggestions, then there is not likely one best answer.

Oct 17, 2016 05:07 PM
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Nina Hollander
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I don't know. I set my thermostat at what's comfortable to me.

Oct 17, 2016 03:52 PM
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well that depends on if the heat or air is on....   But in the end my setting isn't about saving, it's about my comfort

Oct 17, 2016 03:42 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Aaron Mtuanwi - I'd rather feel comfortable myself first and then think of saving on energy bills....lol!

Oct 17, 2016 03:24 PM
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Bob Crane
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During the winter we keep the heat at 60

Summer we keep the AC at 82

Oct 17, 2016 01:21 PM
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I set mine on 72

Oct 17, 2016 12:38 PM
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Lise Howe
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68 in winter - 74 in summer

Oct 17, 2016 12:37 PM
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Gita Bantwal
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I do not know.

Oct 17, 2016 10:51 AM
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Joe Pryor
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Depends on the climate but normally I just set it to one temperature.

Oct 17, 2016 10:09 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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78 during the day

Nothing at night

Oct 17, 2016 09:57 AM
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Sal Guardino
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70

Oct 17, 2016 09:22 AM
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Aaron,

I would check with your local provider.  A

Oct 17, 2016 09:11 AM
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Will Hamm
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68 and keep it there

 

Oct 19, 2016 09:41 AM
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Joan Cox
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I keep mine at 66 in the winter, and wear layers, seems to save $$.

Oct 19, 2016 06:22 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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In Florida, 80 and humidistat at 60%

Oct 19, 2016 05:09 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
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Depends where you are I guess - I prefer 78-80 in summer in Florida with ceiling fans on

Oct 18, 2016 04:47 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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For Florida in the summer, I would suggest something below 77 degrees.  But, the best is a humidistat which can be set for under 65% which will keep mold from forming.

Oct 18, 2016 12:40 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Debbie Gartner nailed this one!

Oct 17, 2016 11:24 PM
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Wayne Martin
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Not sure. Most set it to their comfort level and not all agree!

Oct 17, 2016 10:59 PM
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Susan Laxson CRS
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Lots of good responses already. My family wants comfort more than energy cost savings, so it is often a struggle.

Oct 17, 2016 10:47 PM
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Scott Godzyk
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I tend to keep my heat at 70 , 67 at night and for AC from 70-72

Oct 17, 2016 10:27 PM
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Lyn Sims
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70 is too low for AC that's for sure. I think it depends on your area. 68 degs for heat in my area is just my threshod for freezing to death.

Oct 17, 2016 10:04 PM
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I would keep it in the low 70s. 

Oct 17, 2016 08:54 AM