Viral Tweet About Keeping Your House at 82 Degrees When You Sleep For 'Energy Efficiency' Gets Destroyed

What is the temperature your home should be set at for maximum cool comfort while you're sleeping in the dead of summer—65 degrees? 72? 77? According to a new consumer energy report, you should sweat under the sheets with the air conditioning set to 78 degrees or above.

Viral Tweet About Keeping Your House at 82 Degrees When You Sleep Gets Destroyed
Close-up of 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat, a smart home thermostat from Google Inc, on a white wall, set to heat setting, San Ramon, California, May 31, 2018. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Image

At least that's what people felt a consumer report by Energy Star—a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency program—was trying to say with its recommendations for in-home air conditioning, claiming homes should be kept at 78 degrees at minimum for energy efficiency. The report also suggested homes be kept at 85 degrees when residents aren't at home and 82 degrees while people were sleeping.

Jennifer Titus, a reporter for Florida's CBS affiliate 10 News WTSP, shared the report on Twitter on Monday. "How cool do you keep your house? New report shows these as the recommended temps for energy efficiency: 78° F when you're home, 85° F when you're at work or away, 82° F when you're sleeping," the tweet read.

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Outrage surrounding the suggested temperatures was immediate and intense. Dozens of people commented on the report's findings with claims the recommended temperature settings were entirely too high to keep cool in the midst of sweltering heat, especially since so many areas across the United States have been hit with heat waves all summer long.

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While some users shared the temperatures they keep their thermostats at during the summer—one user proposed 69 degrees was the best setting for any time of the day—others teased the high temperatures inside a house may cause people to sweat more than if they were outside.

"How many bath sheets do you need to own if you keep the temp at 82 degrees while you sleep?" one user wrote.

Then there were those who were more upset with Titus for sharing the report than the report itself. "Who are you and what bulls**t is this?" another wrote.

Energy Star initially released the report back in early July, but it echoes the DOE's recommendation of setting the thermostat "as high as comfortably possible in the summer" to help keep energy bills low. Although the DOE did recommend using ceiling fans to increase cooling efficiency.

But, as a counterpoint, another Twitter user responded, "Take your 'report' and burn it for heat in the winter or something. That's all it's good for. My house, my thermostat, my electric bill, my rules. Period."

See some of the most hilarious responses to the recommended air-conditioning settings below.

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