Energy Star Recommends 85 Degree Daytime Indoor Temperature, 82 For Sleeping

They also recommend shutting off the air conditioner at night and opening the windows.

WWJ News
August 21, 2019 - 12:04 pm

(WWJ) The world is enduring the hottest summer on record, with triple digits the norm in part of Europe, and a sweltering bubble of humidity settled over the Midwest.

Central air conditioning is whirring in most homes and businesses across metro Detroit ... possibly too much because Energy Star just released  new usage guidelines.

They're not popular.

Noting that air conditioners use about 5 percent of all the electricity produced in the U.S., costing homeowners more than $29 billion a year in energy costs, Energy Star recommends keeping the temperature inside at a steady 78 degrees when you're home.

They want American to raise the temperature to 85 degrees when they're away for the day and move it back down to 82 degrees for sleeping from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

They also recommend shutting off the air conditioner at night and opening the windows.

"Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer," the latest recommendation says. "The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be...Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F only when you are at home and need cooling."

Energy Star sets federal benchmarks for appliances, electronics, building materials, lighting and other products. 

Twitter users weren't having the latest recommendations, mocking them relentlessly.

One user wrote, "To give you a sense of how insane these temperature recs are, we keep tropical dart frogs in a vivarium in the house and if I let the thermostat get to 85 they will literally die."

Another wrote, "Those are nursing home numbers."

Still, a Texas resident thought the recommendation was reasonable.

And the rebuttal.

"There should be some Energy Star certification for swamp ass," Brady Hutchings tweeted.