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Save 20% On Your A/C By Raising Your Thermostat Three Degrees

Save 20% on Cooling By Raising Your Thermostat Three DegreesRaise your thermostat by three degrees this summer to save around 20% on your cooling costs. If you spend $1000 each summer just for cooling, like I do, that works out to a savings of $200.

You may ask, "How do you know?" Good question — I know because I used the handy thermostat calculator offered by Energy Guide. Normally, I would link directly to the calculator, but the calculator requires you to enter your ZIP code first. So if you click the link, scroll down to the fifth calculator, enter your ZIP code, and get started. It will ask you a series of questions about your house, where your thermostats are set currently, and where you are considering setting your thermostats.

According to this calculator, if I adjust my thermostats from 72°F to 75°F this summer, I will save $200 — which works out to 20% of my annual cooling cost.