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The best temperature to keep your home is 78 degrees, federal program says. Are they right?

Based on the internet’s reaction, the answer is no. But we want to hear your thoughts.
What do you set your thermostat to? One federal program recommends setting it to 78 degrees. [Times file] [Highlands Today]
Published Aug. 20
Updated Aug. 20

It seems that Floridians have finally decided to agree on something: keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees while you’re home and 82 degrees while you’re asleep is blasphemous.

On Monday, Jennifer Titus, a local news anchor from 10News WTSP, tweeted a seemingly innocent question and temperature recommendations from Energy Star, a federal program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. According to Energy Star, you should set your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at home, 85 degrees when you’re not, and 82 degrees while you’re sleeping for “optimal” energy efficiency.

Like most things on the internet, Titus’ tweet has turned into a source of mutual disapproval and hilarious reaction GIFs.

In less than 24 hours, the tweet garnered more than 16,000 comments from people sounding off against the recommendations, and less than 1,000 likes. Talk about a bad ratio.

Other tweets pointed out that nothing brings people together more than mutual hatred.

For what it’s worth, it’s not just Energy Star. Multiple other sources say that you should keep you thermostat set at 78 degrees during the day for maximum energy efficiency. Still, the fervor surrounding the tweet made us wonder: What is the best temperature to set your thermostat at in Florida? Is there a right answer?

We want to hear from you. Let us know what you think by responding to the Twitter poll below.


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