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Chicago resident wins thermostat quiz

Congratulations to Carol of Chicago for winning CUB’s Thermostat Quiz! She was randomly selected out of hundreds of participants to win $100.

CUB is my go-to organization for information and savings on many fronts—cell phone, cutting cable, etc. I follow [their] legislative work on utilities and energy. We need [them],” said Carol.

Thanks to Carol (who aced the quiz) and everyone who took the challenge. For information about smart thermostat rebates of up to $100 and other efficiency programs and tips, go to CUB’s Clean Energy page

Here are the answers to the quiz: 

1.TRUE OR FALSE: Smart thermostats can be monitored remotely at any time, anywhere in the world.

Answer: True! Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi connected and have mobile applications

that allow users to control the temperatures in their homes remotely. This feature can be 

extremely useful to consumers when they are out of town or if they help a friend or family 

member who may need assistance managing their thermostats. Smart thermostats will 

also learn your schedule over time and self-regulate potentially saving you up to 20% on 

your electric bill. Check out CUB’s Smart Thermostat Fact Sheet!


2. What is the best way to shave off a few dollars from your electricity bill using your thermostat?

A. Crank up the temperature when you are home to achieve your desired temperature faster 

B. Keep your thermostat at one steady temperature at all times

C. Adjust your thermostat 7-10 degrees from its normal setting for about 8 hours a day

D. Constantly change your thermostat’s settings to your comfort levels

Answer: C; Setting your thermostat back just 7-10 degrees while you’re not home or 

asleep can save you up to 10% on your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of 



3. According to the U.S Department of Energy, what temperatures should you aim to set your thermostats to in the winter and summer seasons, respectively?

A. 55 degrees (winter) and 70 degrees (summer)

B. 68 degrees (winter) and 78 degrees (summer)

C. 72 degrees (winter) and 68 degrees (summer)

D. 70 degrees (winter) and 72 degrees (summer)

Answer: B; Never raise or lower your thermostat to an unsafe level. Try setting it at  68 

degrees in the winter and up to 78 degrees in the summer. For extra warmth in the

winter, stock up on cozy socks and blankets, and in the summer consider investing in a

fan (just remember to turn it off  when you leave the room). To maximize your savings, adjust your thermostat to a higher or lower temperature (depending on the season) when you’re away from home.