Want to save money and burn calories?
Well, if you set your thermostat no higher than 66° Fahrenheit at night this fall/winter, then you will.
Sound too good to be true?
In this article, we’ll explain how it all works. We’ll start with how it helps you burn calories...
Lower temperatures help us burn fat and calories by increasing...
Let’s look at these in more detail.
Our bodies have 2 types of fat: white and brown.
White fat is the kind we have a lot of (90% of our body fat is white), but it’s not the best kind of fat for weight management.
That’s because white fat stores energy instead of burning energy, which brown fat does. Brown fat burns chemical energy to create heat, which helps us maintain normal body temperature in colder climates.
A recent study conducted by a team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found that sleeping in colder temperatures (66° or lower) can increase brown fat volume (the subjects of this study had their brown fat volume increased by 42% after 1 month of exposure to mild cold).
According to the Mayo Clinic, metabolism is a process performed by our bodies that converts what we eat and drink into energy. This is the process that helps us burn calories and lose weight.
In the same study mentioned above, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found in that in colder temperatures, their subjects had a 10% increase in fat metabolic activity.
The bottom line: Just turning down the thermostat at night will help our bodies create the good kind of fat, and burn the bad kind.
As we approach the colder fall and winter seasons, you’ll be tempted to use your heater all the time.
But the more you heat your home, the more energy you’ll consume, which leads to higher energy bills.
So here’s what we recommend: Set your thermostat below 66° F at night.
That will mean your heater won’t have to work as hard, meaning you won’t spend as much on utility bills.
In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that lowering your thermostat by 10° or more in the winter can save you 10% on your energy costs.
Think you’ll have trouble remembering to turn down your thermostat?
Try a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will automatically keep the heating/cooling schedule you set it to, so you don’t have to worry about lowering the temperature every night.
Read our guide, “3 Must-Know Tips for Buying a Programmable Thermostat” to learn more about programmable thermostats.
Give us a call or drop us a line. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you’re interested in a programmable thermostat, we can give you a price estimate on the cost to set one up in your home.