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Experts Say Don’t Crank Down Your Thermostat When It’s Hot

They suggest setting thermostats near 80°

If you are seeking relief from the scorching summer heat, resist the urge to dramatically turn down your thermostat - according to the experts.

"Definitely don't do that," said Jennifer Amann, senior fellow in the buildings program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit group. "It's not going to really cool your home any faster."

She and other experts say cranking down your thermostat will only strain your air conditioner, which already has to work harder when it's hot out. It also increases your energy use, placing more pressure on the electricity grid and potentially contributing to blackouts or brownouts during periods of high demand.

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