You can save 5%–15% on your cooling bills by raising the temperature setting on your thermostat when you are away and don't need cooling. Only lower the setting to 78°F when you are home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to adjust the temperature on a regular schedule.

At what temperature do you set your thermostat when you are home and awake in the summer? How about when you're asleep or away?

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