Cool It: Lower Temps May Help You Lose Weight

For those perennial fights over the thermostat – “Turn it down, it’s too hot!” “Turn it up, it’s too cold!” – science may have some new ammunition. Turns out that turning down the thermostat revs up our metabolism and may help us lose weight, according to new research. The key, apparently, is increasing our brown fat. Our body contains two types of fat: white fat, which stores energy (meaning calories) and collects on our thighs and bellies, and brown fat, …

Programmable Thermostats: Savings or Not?

A couple of years ago I wrote an article for AARP about simple ways to reduce the cost of heating your home. After reading it, my wife promptly added a number of the energy-saving tips I’d suggested to my “honey-do” list, including installing three programmable thermostats around our house. The good news was that the new thermostats were inexpensive and easy to install. We found a three-pack on sale at a home improvement center for  $70, and, much to my …