you see programs asking for donations to help with the less fortunate with there high utility bills every winter . i get so mad to go into " disadvantaged " homes and about fall over from the heat that their furnaces are pounding out . ALMOST EVERY house i go into has a severe problem of how they set their thermostat . the dang furnace runs the whole time i'm there . i make it a point to look at each and every thermostat when i go in just to see and i am amazed that they are 98% pegged on the 80 mark and the room temp is pegged as well . i swear to christ i've even witnessed entry doors opened up ,and windows opened up ,and 3 cases where they had air conditioner turned on to cool the house down instead of just setting the dang thermostat down to about 70 or so and going from there . i would never in a million years give blindly (aside from forced taxation) to any of these power bill help programs . i say if you personally know some one that is having a hard time paying there bills then help that individual . i work in appx. 200 houses and this is a tiny fractional portion of the house holds with the same mindset so you can only imagine how much energy is wasted daily and how much supposed financial help is being needlessly wasted by these thoughtless people that don't want to conserve . i wish they would install a restrictive thermostat that only allows the appliance to heat up to 73 degrees on households that ask for assistance with their heat bills. anyone that runs their furnace up to make their house 80 degrees in the winter and then wants air conditioning on when its 80 degrees or hotter in the summer ain't playing with a full deck. theres no happy medium. sorry for rant but i had to get that off my chest .