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Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has more tips for saving energy on heating and cooling. [5]

Source: [5] An Inconvenient Truth [Climate Crisis: Take Action]

 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

 Alliant Energy Powerhouse TV: Programmable Thermostats

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Here are some recommendations from Alliant Energy regarding programmable thermostat settings

Setting Time Winter Temp Summer Temp
Wake Up 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM 70F 78F
Daytime 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 62F 85F
Evening 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM 70F 78F
Sleep 10:00 PM - 6:00 AM 62F 82F

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