Seems to me that any website that has content pertaining to energy savings always reminds you to lower that thermostat. They really should clarify that this is for the winter only! In order to save money on your utility bill in the warm summer season, you will want to raise that thermostat setting. Raise that thermostat to the point where tolerance and heat are equal parts! You will not have your air conditioning system running all the time if you do such a thing. This is such an simple energy-savings tip that I’m surprised people still get confused where to have the thermostat set for bizarre seasons. If you set your thermostat higher in the warm season and lower in the Wintertime,you will see a significant savings on your utility bill. Many websites devoted to offering energy-saving tips estimate that changing the thermostat accordingly will save you anywhere from one to three percent! That’s just for each degree you adjust the thermostat up or down during the summer or winter, respectively. Air conditioning savings could certainly be even more, as long as you keep that thermostat set higher in the warm season! Another energy-savings tip to help you keep from lowering the thermostat is to close the window blinds as often as possible. All those rays of sunshine may make you smile, but as come into your home, they’ll heat it up and cause the air conditioning system to come on faster and work harder! When it is cold, do just the opposite – open those blinds and let the sunlight in! Mother Nature will help to warm you up quick, with no additional charge. Another obvious energy-savings tip is to program your thermostat to follow these same instructions – window blinds excluded, of course. The programmable thermostat will know your favorite weather conditions control after you set the thermostat to your choice, and it will not forget it anytime soon!