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The Best Temperature For Your Programmable Thermostat

By July 8, 2020 No Comments

This summer has been extremely hot. With COVID-19 preventing anyone from going anywhere, everyone seems to be enjoying the outside world much more than ever. Whether you are doing some yard improvements or going on some extra walks this summer, we have a few tips for your indoor programmable thermostat. With your solar panels, there are specific temperatures that can help keep you cool and help to save you more money than ever before.

When You Are In the House:

With programmable thermostats, the power to set your thermometer is at your fingertips. The best temperature for your thermostat while you are still in your home is around 78 degrees Fahrenheit. By setting your thermostat to 78, this could save you up to 6 to 8 percent on your monthly electric bill. This temperature is low enough to keep you keel during these hot summer months, while also saving you as much money as you possibly can.

When You Are Out of the House:

When you are in your home during the summer months it is important to keep yourself cool. However, if you happen to be leaving your house for an elongated period of time, such as four or more hours, then it may be a good idea to program your thermostat to a higher temperature while you are gone. With your programmable thermostat you are able to allow your thermostat to cool down immediately as soon as you walk in the door with motion sensor. However, if you want to walk into a cooler home, you can use your phone to lower the temperature a few minutes before you walk through the door. The recommended temperature to keep your thermostat at while you are out of your house is about 5 to 10 degrees higher than the 78 degrees that you have it programmed to while you are indoors.

When You Are Sleeping:

If you feel uncomfortable with the settings for when you are out of the house or indoors, another possibility to consider is the temperature of your thermostat when you are sleeping. If the temperature is kept higher when you are sleeping this is also a great way to save money. You will need less blankets, and still be able to sleep comfortably, especially if you do not like to sleep in such a cold home.


The benefits of your programmable thermostat are a great addition to the savings that come with your solar panel installation in Pennsylvania. If you want to get started on your maintenance free, panel installation please Contact Us.