Article by: Jorge Vazquez
The blazing summer months in Tampa can push any air conditioning system to its limits. To gauge the energy efficiency habits of the local community during this demanding season, Graystone surveyed 1,500 local homeowners on Facebook, asking about their A/C temperature settings. Here’s a dive into our findings:
Breaking Down the Numbers
From the feedback we gathered:
- 72°F was a clear frontrunner, chosen by 20% as their summertime setting.
- 73°F was favored by 13.33% of the respondents, with one person keeping it consistent at this temperature 24/7.
- 74°F was equally popular, receiving nods from 13.33% of homeowners.
- 75°F was selected by 6.67% of respondents, either during the day or night.
- The 71-77°F bracket was preferred by 26.67%. Notably, Leo Florin’s household remains cool with the thermostat preset to 80°F during the day due to the efficiency of insulated windows, indicating an ambient 76°F, which then drops to 72°F by the afternoon.
- More extreme choices like 48°F and the range 71/67°F were less common, representing 6.67% of responses.
Deciphering the Trends
During Tampa’s sweltering summer, the inclination for most homeowners is to maintain a balance between optimal comfort and energy efficiency, predominantly around the low to mid-70s. This strategy can offer notable energy savings, especially in more frigid settings.
Notably, energy-efficient adaptations, such as insulated windows in Leo Florin’s home, significantly reduce the need for continuous A/C use. These measures lower electricity bills and resonate with the ethos of sustainable living.
It’s also evident that many adjust their A/C settings according to the time of day, suggesting using programmable thermostats or established temperature routines, pointing to heightened energy conservation awareness.
Tampa’s summer A/C preferences offer an insightful glimpse into the community’s energy consumption behaviors. The emphasis is clear: comfort in harmony with energy efficiency. Shockingly, some of the highest electricity bill payers in the area shell out close to $800 a month. Such figures underscore the importance of efficient energy use and prudent temperature management, especially during the peak summer months.
As smart technology gains traction and with the increased focus on sustainable practices, we’re optimistic about the trajectory of energy conservation in the upcoming years.
If you aim to up your energy efficiency game this summer, consider emulating many Tampa locals who’ve struck the right balance – via astute thermostat settings, home modifications, or heightened energy usage awareness.