Consumers Scoff at Energy Star’s Recommendation to Economize on Air-Conditioning
If there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that consumers are tired of having to sacrifice their comfort and satisfaction to keep their growing bills at bay.
Tempers flared and debates got heated when a consumer report by Energy Star—a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency program gave its recommendations for air-conditioning settings at home. According to the report, the thermostat should be kept at 78°F when you’re are home, 85° F when you’re out, and 82° F while you’re sleeping.
The response was somewhat predictable: it seems that consumers don’t want to sweat through the night in order to lower their energy bill.
And the conversation on Twitter is not cooling.
The heated online debate prompted the DOE to issue an official statement clarifying their recommendation, “It is the position of DOE that Americans should set their thermostats to whatever temperature they choose. The 2009 EPA Energy Star report should simply be used as a resource for people seeking to achieve greater energy savings in their homes, should they choose to do so.”
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