Federal Government Suggests Everybody Set Their AC To 78 Degrees During The Day, 82 Degrees At Night To Conserve Energy – And People Had Thoughts

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Yeah, sorry, that’s not going to happen.

In a time where the country is divided on many topics, the one thing we can all agree on is that this request from Energy Star is ludicrous.

The federal program is a part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, and they are also now on America’s “most hated” list.

In their announcement, Energy Star stated that people should set their thermostats to 78 degrees during the day when cooling is needed, while setting it to 82 degrees at night.

Doing so would reportedly help save energy during the summer months ahead. They also suggested that if you were to leave on a trip or be out of your house for an extended period of time, the thermostat should be turned all the way up to 85 degrees.

As you could imagine, people have gone absolutely ballistic about the idea that 78 degrees would be considered the “cooling” setting. To be honest, I don’t blame them at all.

I’m not sure why Energy Star would want citizens of the United States to turn their homes into saunas this summer, which is effectively what they would be doing. No one in their right mind would walk into a home with a thermostat set at 78 degrees and say “ooh wee, that is refreshing.”

There is an inside and an outside for a reason. You go inside to escape the elements of the outside, and setting your thermostat between 78 to 82 degrees is basically just matching the temperature of the outdoors.

When the summer heat reaches its peak (and older people/dads start saying “it wouldn’t be so hot if it weren’t for this humidity”), 78 might feel cooler by comparison, but its still nowhere close to the wonderful air conditioning setting of 70 degrees.

I actually checked my own thermostat when I saw this and I currently have it set to cool at 71 degrees. Right now the weather outside is still pretty bearable (at least where I live), so my AC setting will only go down as the temperatures rise in June, July, and August.

The audacity it takes for Energy Star to suggest that, am I right? I’ve read the headline probably 5 or 6 times and each time I audibly make a “psshhh” noise and shake my head.

Rightfully, Twitter users showed no mercy against Energy Star’s suggestion in their comments below the Tweet:

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