Are my thermostat settings too conservative?

Have you ever met someone that uses something so sparingly that they may as well not even have it at all? My family says that’s me when it comes to HVAC.

I think they’re exaggerating quite a bit.

I merely set more conservative temperatures on the thermostat in order to conserve energy. It’s not like we are sweating and uncomfortable in the summer. I mean, sure, with my settings there’s not exactly freezing cold air blasting through the vents and keeping us super comfortable, but there’s enough cool air to be far better off than if we were outside. Similarly, in the winter time, they complain about the heat being used too sparingly. I simply tell them to trade those shorts for some sweatpants and put some socks and slippers on. That method works fine for me! Again, the house certainly is not cold, but I suppose it’s not really warm and toasty either. My kids sometimes joke (at least I hope they’re joking), that I keep the temperature on the thermostat one degree higher or lower than what would be considered torture. I sincerely wonder what they’re going to do when they have their own houses and their own HVAC units to keep up after. Will they use their heating and cooling excessively, because they will finally have the chance to do so? How long will that last when they get the energy bill next month? My money is on them deciding that they would prefer to save a buck instead of setting excessive temperatures. I could be wrong though!


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