Did you know lowering your thermostat may reduce not only your spending, but also your weight?

Researchers suspect that rising indoor temperatures in American homes may have contributed to the obesity epidemic. The theory is that we burn fewer calories when our bodies don’t have to work as hard to stay warm, according to a report.  Bedrooms in the U.S. were heated to an average of 66.7 degrees in the late 1980s, versus 68.4 degrees in 2005. Studies have shown that slightly chillier temperatures can lead to increased energy expenditures even when people bundle up. Increased time spent indoors, widespread access to central heating and air conditioning, and increased expectations of thermal comfort all contribute to restricting the range of temperatures we experience in daily life and reduce the time our bodies spend under mild thermal stress, meaning we’re burning less energy. 

So, the next time your spouse kicks off the blankets maybe they’re trying to give you a hint.

~Angela

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