26 Aug '12, 2pm

Have an #pet at home but still want to save #energy when away? Set your thermostat to 78-80 & you'll keep saving!

Have an #pet at home but still want to save #energy when away? Set your thermostat to 78-80 & you'll keep saving!

​ The Department of Energy's EnergySavers.gov site recommends keeping your thermostat at 78°F while you're at home and 85° when the house is empty during the summer. But if you're leaving a furry friend inside, stick to 78°-80° degrees. You still save money (running your air conditioning at 78° instead of 72° can save 6-18% on your cooling bill), but you'll also keep your pet comfortable. Keep in mind that regular body temperature for cats and dogs is 3°-4° higher than for humans, so if it's comfortable for you it's likely comfortable for your pet. One caveat: Older animals, as well as cats and dogs with "smushed" or pushed-in faces – like pugs, bulldogs and Persian cats – may have a harder time controlling their internal body temperature, so ask your vet about their ideal temperature at your annual check-up.

Full article: http://ase.org/resources/how-be-energy-efficient-pet-owner

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