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.
I turned my thermostat down to 57 just to protest this nonsense....— CarolinaConservative (@1776CC) August 19, 2019
How many bath sheets do you need to own if you keep the temp at 82 degrees while you sleep @yashar ?— Tim Miller (@Timodc) August 19, 2019
Other tweets pointed out that nothing brings people together more than mutual hatred.
I think you may have inadvertently brought all political parties together under one roof with this tweet.— Big (You're gonna miss the bus!) Balloon (@99_lead) August 19, 2019
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?
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