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The Lazyman’s List – Tip No. 2: Dialing it Down a Notch

June 8, 2010

by Ashley Akin

Weather.com just informed me that it’s 89 degrees outside but it “feels like 94.” Basically, today the sun is serving us one full helping of hot, sticky YUCK and topping it with a dollop of sweat stain and sunburn. Happy Tuesday, everyone!

On a day like this, it’s easy to say “energy saving, schmenergy plaving” (OK, maybe it’s never easy to say that, but you get my drift) and crank your thermostat down to Subarctic. But the Lazyman’s List would like to assert that it doesn’t have to be that way. Now grab an ice-cold Diet Coke from the break room, Smallest Users, and drink in some knowledge.

Many energy experts suggest setting your thermostat between 78-80 degrees in the summer to avoid wasting energy. While I have posted that advice on our Facebook and Twitter pages, I have also gone back to the source and said “YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FREAKING KIDDING ME, RIGHT? Only my grandfather can live in a climate that warm without having a heat stroke and falling out in the floor” (onto a pile of old newspapers and Moon Pies, but that’s a discussion for a different day).

The response I got was this: baby steps. (Don’t worry – it has nothing to do with actual babies in case you find those scary like I do.) Turning your thermostat up just one degree from its current setting in summer (or down one degree in winter) can save 1000 pounds of CO2 and 1% of your monthly bill. And it is, as a tip on the Lazyman’s List, FREE and EASY.

This means that you don’t have to pull a total Al Gore to save some energy and some dough (although many sources say the former Veep is about as environmentally friendly as BP at this point). Just knock it down one degree for a week and see if anyone notices. As long as you don’t live with my old roommate – who used to keep our house set on meat locker but refused to lose the sweatshirt, even in July – you should be in good shape. (Yep, Katers, I’m looking at you. I bet you’re sitting in a house set to 62 right now… with wool socks on… shivering happily.)

Now go forth and dial down. And don’t be a User.

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