1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

October 26, 2008

:300 Reset Thermostats

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:300 EcoTip:  Today I reset my thermostats for winter. According to the US Department of Energy – They are recommending a temperature of 68 degrees F. During the day while you are occupying your home. At night and while you are away they suggest turning it back ten to fifteen degrees. For more information (and to see their recommendations for homes with heat exchangers and other specialty equipment check out the EERE website.


 Additional Information:

Suggested Review: :116 Programmable Thermostats

It is important to never set back the thermostat so that the temperature reaches the dew point. I will show you how to determine this in tomorrow’s 1:5:10:365 EcoTip. 

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  1. This is actually not correct if you have a heatpump type heating system. They are much better at keeping the temperature stable than at dealing with huge swings.

    Generally, with a heat pump, you should only set back your temperature 2-4 degrees at most. Any more than that, and you’ll see the aux. heat (usually an electric element) come on to get the heat back to where it should be on recovery.

    During hours at home, I set mine is 68 and at night, have it go down to 66.

    Comment by RS — December 15, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

    • Thanks for the additional information. It is important for everyone to recognize that there are a wide variety of systems in use and new ones being developed constantly. When it comes to energy efficiency (or just about anything else) the manufacturer’s information trumps general statements everytime.

      John Banta

      Comment by John Banta — December 24, 2008 @ 5:28 am

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