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Three Degrees of Preparation: Turn Up the Thermostat on June 21

6/16/2011 2:51:01 PM

Tags: Three Degrees of Preparation, American Home Shield, reduce cooling costs, save money on air conditioning, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailJune 21 is the longest day of the year, the first official day of summer—and an opportunity to start a new summer tradition. American Home Shield is spearheading an effort to get Americans to raise their home thermostats three degrees on this day, for Three Degrees of Preparation.

“Three degrees can make a significant impact; some utility companies report that every degree below 78 can add more than 6 percent to your home’s cooling costs,” says American Home Shield president Dave Crawford. “We’re asking homeowners to give the adjustment a test on the first day of summer, June 21, and participate in Three Degrees of Preparation. Your family will probably not notice the difference in temperature, but make the adjustment a daily routine and you should notice it on your next energy bill.”

Participants can register their action at, and the collective impact will be calculated. (The site offers giveaways and a sweepstakes as well.)

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2/17/2012 1:28:46 PM
We live in Florida where the summer temperatures are very high and the winter temperatures are mild (most of the time). In the 1950's and 1960's we did not have air conditioning. My Mother-in-law, who passed away in 1984, never had a/c. Today our malls, retail stores, and restaurants have their establishments so cold in the summer that patrons are wearing sweaters in July. Who is promoting your advise to them? Setting the thermostat between 78 degrees and 80 degrees is easy with the programmable thermostats. It is even a great idea to set it higher when no one is home. We can all do our part in this very simple act. Thanks for your article, I hope it reaches many people. We will do our part in sharing this information with our friends and family.

6/17/2011 11:25:13 AM
Good article. Most people don't know how much just a few degrees can impact your fuel bills. At home we always keep the temperature between 78º and 80º in the summer, and at 68º in the winter. Ceiling fans increase the summer time comfort level, and dressing warmly takes care of the winter.

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