Happy Set Your Thermostat Day!

Mar 20, 2019

These days, there's a day to celebrate just about everything … pizza, cheese doodles, cereal, name tags, light bulbs, unplugging, cut your energy costs, and more. But it seems that thermostats are not getting the love like other products out there. March 26th is “#MakeUpYourOwnHoliday day”, and a chance to celebrate however you like! We thought it was most fitting to celebrate energy efficiency and help the thermostat be recognized as the smart, sexy consumer electronic device that it is with... “#SetYourThermostatDay”.

Heating and cooling makes up about half of the energy used in homes and is one of the biggest energy costs for businesses. Thermostats can help both residents and businesses save on energy costs. If you set your thermostat at a specific temperature and never touch it, you could be wasting as much as $180/year, according to ENERGY STAR.

But what temperature should I set the thermostat to?

Energy.gov recommends the following settings:

  • Winter: 68°F when the building is occupied and 60°F when unoccupied
  • Summer: 78°F when cooling is needed and 86°F when unoccupied

A difference of 7°- 10°F for 8 hours a day will help you save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling costs. No matter what temperature you choose, what is most important is that you keep the temperature set at its energy savings set-points for long periods of time. It’s also important to note that you will see a greater percentage of savings from setbacks if you live in a milder climate than a more severe climate.

But I can’t remember to do that every day!

We agree that remembering to change the thermostat settings can be difficult. That’s where programmable thermostats have your back...

Programmable thermostats:

program your thermostat to these settings

Programmable thermostats come with pre-programmed settings that are intended to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort. Depending on your schedule, you can see significant savings by sticking with those settings or adjusting them as appropriate. The key is to establish a program that automatically reduces heating and cooling in the building when you don't need as much. This makes it easy to save significant dollars and prevent energy from being wasted in both summer and winter months. Energystar.gov provides some guidelines for proper use of a programmable thermostat, as well as tips for helping you choose the best model for your schedule.

Here’s a sample schedule from energystar.gov to help you remember times to program your thermostat. Just make sure you work around your family’s schedule  (or company’s operating hours).

Sample Thermostat Schedule


Smart thermostats:

smart thermostat usage guidelines

This sexy consumer electronic device offers an easy, hands-off way to control and monitor your energy use from anywhere. Smart thermostats offer many advantages over standard thermostats, and can help reduce energy costs and keep buildings comfortable year-round.

Smart thermostats use sensors to tell when buildings are unoccupied. They have the ability to learn daily schedules and habits to help them manage heating and cooling costs. Most smart thermostats allow users to connect their devices via Wi-Fi, and allow them to control the temperature from anywhere via a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Smart thermostats can also track energy usage and provide easy-to-read monthly reports to customers. The report can tell customers how much energy they used compared to other users, if their energy use has gone up or down, and more.

We hope you join us for #MakeUpYourOwnHoliday day this year, and maybe #SetYourThermostatDay will become a “real” made up holiday in 2020!

And...if you do buy a new thermostat, look into local recycling options for your old thermostat and if your local utility offers any rebates on the purchase of a new one.

For more tips and information on thermostats, check out these additional resources: