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.

How cool do you keep your house?

New report our 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 pic.twitter.com/iNOSaqX35c

— Jennifer Titus (@jenntitus10) August 19, 2019

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.

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.

69° F when I'm home.
69° F when I'm at work or away
69° F when I'm sleeping.

The hell is wrong with you?

— Miguel de Leon (@xchixm) August 19, 2019

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

How many bath sheets do you need to own if you keep the temp at 82 degrees while you sleep @yashar ?

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) August 19, 2019

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.

Who are you and what bullshit is this?

— Shawn Goldwater (@ShawnGoldwater) August 19, 2019

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."

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.

— WuHan Solo (@MURedskn) August 19, 2019

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

"New report shows these as the recommended temps for smelling like an onion."

— βrαδ (@bcook128) August 19, 2019

I’ve already embraced a dying Earth, so I keep my central air between 67-72 at all times.

— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) August 19, 2019

Don't tell that to a menopausal woman.

— 🚨PA GA MI WI AZ NV🚨 (@emilykholcomb) August 19, 2019

At 82 degrees at night, you're just turning into jerky.

— Charles Bellows (@charles_bellows) August 19, 2019

I keep mine cold enough to grow new icebergs for Iceland.

— Federalist Musket🇺🇸 (@Patriot_Musket) August 19, 2019

For me, any number between 76 - 79 is cool. Any temperature below 76 is just flat out COLD.💨💨❄❄

— Michelle for (M🍑🍬) (@MichelleQualman) August 19, 2019

In what world is 82° an appropriate temperature to sleep in? Lord have mercy.

— Jason Hopkins 🧱 (@thejasonhopkins) August 19, 2019

82 and sleep? Sounds like a sweat bath.

— Savage Prime (@mcballz) August 19, 2019