Preparing your home for winter brings feelings of stress and urgency. But no matter how prepared your home is, you will still need to make a decision about the temperature at which to set your thermostat.

The ideal thermostat temperature in the winter is 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home. suggests that 68 degrees is a good room temperature while you’re awake at home but recommends lowering it while you’re asleep or away.

Lowering your thermostat 5-10 degrees for eight hours a day can reduce your annual heating expenses by as much as 10 percent. That’s a potential savings of as much as 1 percent for each degree if the temperature is lowered for at least eight hours.

EnergyHub says that for each degree you lower your heat, you can save 3 percent or more on heating costs. If 68 degrees is a little chilly for you, wear layered clothing and use blankets as a way to stay warm in the cooler house temperature.