Everyone knows the thermostat is a dad’s domain, however, a recent government report went ahead and trampled all over our authority and published the “ideal thermostat temperature” without even asking!
Energy Star, a program of the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, suggests that Americans set their thermostats no lower than 78 degrees during the summer. Additionally, folks should set the temperature to 85 degrees when they aren’t home, and 82 degrees when they’re sleeping.
Jennifer Titus, a reporter for 10 News WTSP in Florida, tweeted out the report, and as you might imagine, there were some hot takes.
How cool do you keep your house?
New report our shows these as the recommended temps for energy efficiency:
• 78° F when you’re home
• 85° F when you’re at work or away
• 82° F when you’re sleeping pic.twitter.com/iNOSaqX35c
— Jennifer Titus (@jenntitus10) August 19, 2019
Many had a hard time imagining living in the sweatbox this report suggests:
Whoa… if hell is only 82F that changes every –
No. 82F is too hot.
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) August 19, 2019
5 billion. jesus this is awful.
— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) August 19, 2019
me sleeping in 82 degrees: pic.twitter.com/SKUTDcMwjY
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 19, 2019
Others suggested dads themselves were somehow to blame for the scorching hot, yet highly economical findings:
This is literally my parents’ house and all of us kids at Christmas take turns creeping up to the thermostat in the middle of the night and turning it down, then my mom gets up and turns it back to 82
— Amber Sparks (@ambernoelle) August 20, 2019
are we all related???
— Mike Ferguson (@Mik3Ferguson) August 19, 2019
Of course, plenty of dads chimed into the discourse as well, providing their objections along with plenty of thermostat suggestions of their own. #notalldads
“hot sleeper” dad here. The night I sleep in an 82 degree room is the night I drown in a pool of my own sweat.
— Nick Black (@nicholasrblack) August 19, 2019
Not this dad #72maximumtosleep
— Dan Saltzstein (@dansaltzstein) August 19, 2019
Not this dad. Those temperatures are “I’m Trying To Start A Riot In This House” hot. Maybe those are for “maximum efficiency” of the HVAC system, but for “maximum sanity” of the family, they need to be around 72/75/68.
— Philip Martin (@PhilipMartin) August 19, 2019
So despite a few heated exchanges about the report, the overall consensus is that these temperatures are…
What’s your take on Energy Star’s thermostat findings? Are you willing to sweat it out for a few measly dollars?
If so, you might also be interested in similar accommodations, like sleeping on hot asphalt… or perhaps the sun.