Winter's coming to an end..I hope. It is supposed to be a balmy 50 degrees here in Michigan today. But I have no doubt the cold temperatures will be back. I was reminded of this when I overheard (I know, I eavesdrop a lot) a conversation at the gym about what people keep their thermostat at in their home. Which got me to wondering (because I really am that nosy) what do you keep yours at?
Just in case you were wondering, the people in the gym "know it's crazy, but keep it at 68 at night." I do not think that's crazy at all because, as you can see we keep our thermostat set between 66-68 degrees F during the day and 64-66 at night. In all fairness we have a wood stove that heats the main part of the house most days. But we are out of wood for the season so we are just bundled up in slippers and sweatshirts, keeping ourselves cozy while we keep the house, and the Earth cool.
I found this lovely website called It's the Planet Didiot! Which is not only incredibly informative, but also really kid friendly. There I found these stats on thermostat settings:
- Heating and cooling your dwelling uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home.
- 45% of your utility bill goes to heating and cooling.
- 150 million tons of CO2 are emitted into your atmosphere each year by heating and cooling systems in the U.S., adding to global climate change.
- Heating and cooling systems in the U.S. generate 12% of the nation’s sulfur dioxide and 4% of the nitrogen oxides, the chief ingredients in acid rain.
And don't even think about space heaters, which would use at least 235 lbs. of coal to heat the average US home for a month.
So fess up...what's your thermostat at? Could you break out the sweatshirts and turn it down a little? Or for our Australian readers, up a little? Where is a good place for the line between self-sacrifice and frozen toes?