• Have you seen the new energy star thermostat recommendations for where you should set it?

    Asked by BugsBunny on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Have you seen the new energy star thermostat recommendations for where you should set it?

    EnergyStar says here where we should be setting the thermostat.
    1. 78 degrees when you're home.
    2. 85 when you're not home.
    3. 82 at night.

    I don't know about you, but my chemo has me burning up at times and cold at times, so my thermostat is all over the place. But even without chemo issues, these settings seem kind of high to me. What about you? Does chemo make you hot or cold?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • JaneA's Avatar

      We have ceiling fans in every room so we keep our thermostat at 79 in the summer so keep our power bill at an affordable level. We leave it at 79 24/7 once we need air conditioning (we live in GA so it gets hot and humid). I'm 4 years out of treatment and still have hot flashes at night. If I'm hot, I can't sleep - we have a ceiling fan right over the bed and it's on medium.

      In the winter, we set it at about 68, and we're usually fine. We have one of those oil radiators in our master bath because 68 is a little too cool for when we get out of the shower.

      6 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      We laughed when we saw that story. My cancer has me sweating buckets one minute and then freezing the next too! We have while house A.C. But got a portable a.c. To point at me when i need it in the bed. Obviously whoever put those guides out hasn't had someone who is really ill in their home.

      It helps that our house is on solar though otherwise I'm not sure we be able to afford it.

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      This summer, we have kept our thermostat at 82 day and night ... and use ceiling fans when needed. Depending on what room I'm in, I still may have to use a sweater. I would prefer a bit cooler - 78 would be more comfortable, but 82 isn't bad either (I do sweat when I vacuum though). I have kept our thermostat between 79 - 82 for several years now. I'm more likely to LOWER the thermostat at night than raise it.

      I suspect those that make the "suggestions" are NOT sitting in houses or office buildings that are cooled only to 82 ... and I bet they lower their thermostats at night rather than raising them.

      6 months ago

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