Last weekend I moved into a new place and I'm living here alone until I get married in a little over a month. This is the first time I've ever payed rent and bills on my own without another roommate to share the costs, so budgeting is a bigger issue now then it used to be. One thing I'm paying close attention to is the amount of energy (electricity) I use. Summer in Texas gives you 100 degree days, so I have to be especially careful with the cooling. My thermostat allows me to program blocks of time and set the temperature for those periods. So far, I've had it set to a warm 77 degrees while I'm at work all day. I have it kick back on at 5:00 to cool down to 74. I know that probably still sounds warm but it's fine unless I'm moving around a lot! All this leads to my question... does it seem like this method would best conserve the costs of cooling? I'm wondering if cooling for short amounts of time periodically is better than not cooling all day and then having the a/c run until the temperature drops 3-4 degrees. Hopefully what I'm doing is best, but I could see an argument why the opposite is a better idea. Kind of an odd question, I know, but I'm hoping some people have a good understanding of this type a thing.