In the interest of helping our readers reduce energy and water waste, Sustainable Utah will publish weekly conservation tips contributed by the Student Energy Ambassadors, a program supported by Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas.
By the Student Energy Ambassadors
The easiest thing a homeowner or renter can do to reduce energy costs is to adjust their thermostat to be more in line with the outside temperature. This means adjusting the thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer. For the winter, keep the thermostat at 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Turn the thermostat even lower at night, health permitting, or when you leave for extended periods of time. This should save 5-15 percent on your heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In the summer, set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home to reduce air-conditioning costs and emissions.