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post #31 of 58
62-64 degrees during the day (while I'm at work, and also on the weekends)

67-68 at night
post #32 of 58
Our house is electric heat but mainly heated my the wood stove in the family room. As we have a quad level house its like this -our basement is unheated -when the temps dip on Monday (low of 0F) the beer in the basement is adequately chilled w/o extra refrigeration!! We have programable thermostats in the family room. kitchen and living room. The lowest they are set are 64F. The ave temp seems to be 66F lately so the electric heat isn't kicking on-however the kitchen and living room are above the unheated basement and the floor gets quite cold!! The family room is quite toasty we can pump the heat up to 73F!!! But we have two blankets on the sofa to provide extra warmth. The level with the 3 bedrooms and bathroom well the bedroom thermostats are very rarely turned on so I'm not sure of the temps but they are above the family room so they aren't too bad. Neil turns on the heat in the bathroom in the morning while getting ready for work-it warms up nicely!!
Wyan-you should check out the primloft moc's from Lands End-they will keep your feet warm!!! (Or break down and where your Sorels's around the house!!
post #33 of 58
We try to keep it to around 24 (76). That's a nice temperature - of course, higher in winter. But it's going to be 40 (105) tomorrow, so we'll probably have the airconditioning on full-bore all day and stay inside. The babies will have to be indoors too. It's not safe to be out and about when it's that hot. Uggghhh. I like the heat (you almost have to, living here) but I don't like it when it's an furnace. But that's Perth summers
post #34 of 58
We've had the house at about 70 lately. Sometimes we will go up to 72 or down to 68. It seems to be most efficient if we keep it about even. One advantage to our house is that sunny days heat it up quite a bit. I wear slippers around in the winter and have a nice comfy comforter on the couch year round.
post #35 of 58
Our home gets cold fast because we have an un-insulated crawl space. It tends to be warm at the end of the house with the furnace and cold at the other end. The vents often blow cold air at that end of the house, even with the heat turned to 68 degrees. People always comment how cold it is in our house. When I go into business places I usually feel like I'm in a sauna..especially restraunts, I start to sweat! It is 8 below zero outside right now..the wind chills were awful today, something like 30 below. The forecast said that the Canadian cold air was headed our way...
post #36 of 58
I keep it around 68. I don't like being too hot.
post #37 of 58
We don't even have central heating! Our house is made of wood and tin...and that's it. In winter, it's usally colder outside than inside!! Luckily it rarely gets below zero here. But we wear hats and gloves inside
On the plus side, in a family of six we get a "low electricity user discount" which is pretty good!! So if you want to try turning off your heating altogether you'll save a fair bit
post #38 of 58
I usually keep it about 22 during the day but if I'm sitting watching tv and not moving around much I'll probably put the heating on to warm it up a bit. I'm lucky in that my flat retains heat well so I don't need the heating on much. I don't like it colder than that because Jaffa has thin fur and feels the cold. He also loves to lie against the radiator. I have the radiators on for a couple of hours in the morning so the temp gets up to about 23 and they are on a timer to go off at about 11am. By the time I get home from work it's usually dropped to about 21 but I leave Jaffa his snugglesafe heat pad in case he's cold I then have the heating on until it reaches 23/24 - if it gets that warm I'll turn it off. I don't like it too warm at night - can't sleep if it's hot and stuffy.
post #39 of 58
We have gas central heating throughout the house but there is a vast variation in temperatures throughout even if the heating has been on all day. The kitchen never gets above 16 degree C (62 F) ever in winter, whilst the sitting room will be about 70 degrees. This is because we have a long kitchen and no door between it and the hall, lol. I hate going into that kitchen in winter, lol . I think we should have just put a door on it would make such a difference. I hate the cold. My feet are always like ice.
My cat Juma hates the cold too and likes to cuddle up in bed, lol.
post #40 of 58
Ours is kept at 68* all year round. Wyan have you thought about checking into more or better insulation? I have learned that you can have the temperature you want and use less energy by having extra insulation in the walls and ceiling. When we built our home we used double whatthey recommend for the south. I can really tell on our power bill too compared with my parents who have a smaller home and keep the house warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter.
post #41 of 58
In addition to insulation, you may want to check into whether or not your windows are allowing air in. We have an older house and it needs new windows badly. This is something we are hoping to have done in the next few months. Carpeting also helps with keeping the home warm... You can purchase throw rugs to use if you don't want to put carpet down. Sorry if these things have all ready been mentioned, Ryan, I didn't have a chance to read the entire thread yet

In the winter we keep our thermostat set to about 69 or 70. In the summer, its up to 75 or 76, not by choice though. With our window problems, our AC can't get the house down to 72 (my ideal temp in summer). Our electric bill runs almost $400 in summer for that reason. In the winter, our has been down to about $200 because it doesn't get that cold here, so the heat doesn't have to run much.
post #42 of 58
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Originally Posted by squirtle View Post
Our electric bill runs almost $400 in summer for that reason. In the winter, our has been down to about $200 because it doesn't get that cold here, so the heat doesn't have to run much.
OMG that is expensive!! I think the highest bill I have seen here ws $175 and the lowest like $45. All electric house mind you. If my bil was $400 I would die! When our bill hit $175 I called the electric company and flipped out! I had to explain that there was NO way that our bill should be that high. We don't run the dryer much and the heat at that time stayed on 66*. And there was DOUBLE insulation and it is a brand new house. I told her I didn't think the meter reader read our meter. (Lee later confirmed that he didn't as he was in the garage when he came that month and he didn't get out of the truck but it wasn't noted on our bill ) it hasn't been that high since.
post #43 of 58
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OMG that is expensive!! I think the highest bill I have seen here ws $175 and the lowest like $45. All electric house mind you. If my bil was $400 I would die! When our bill hit $175 I called the electric company and flipped out! I had to explain that there was NO way that our bill should be that high. We don't run the dryer much and the heat at that time stayed on 66*. And there was DOUBLE insulation and it is a brand new house. I told her I didn't think the meter reader read our meter. (Lee later confirmed that he didn't as he was in the garage when he came that month and he didn't get out of the truck but it wasn't noted on our bill ) it hasn't been that high since.
I HATE our electric bill. I did forget to mention though, that about $40 of that amount accounts for the water (they are billed together). I can also credit about $50 to the cost of the pool pump running. So a $200 bill or so, is fine with me. But the $400 in summer KILLS me. That is because of our ac running.... Like I said, we hope to have new windows in the next few months and that will help tremendously. Our windows are so bad that you can feel a draft if you stand next to them
post #44 of 58
Well i will keep my fingers and toes crossed for you!
post #45 of 58
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Well i will keep my fingers and toes crossed for you!

Thanks I actually need to schedule a few estimates.
post #46 of 58
I just can't tolerate the cold! I keep it about 70 in the heated rooms in the cold of Winter, and this is still with the plush robe, fuzzy socks and slippers. It's definitely good for me that the utilities are included in the rent. Hurry back, Summer
post #47 of 58
I usually keep it at 68 while we're out, but then if it's colder when I get it, I will put it up to 72 max till it warms up then back down to 69-70 while we sleep, but I always get hot through the night & end up taking something off...
post #48 of 58
With our all electric house the highest bill ever was around $125!!! And I was shocked at that amount. The wood stove really makes a difference!!
Wyan could also check around the doors as if there is a draft from the bottom the seals need to be replaced but in the mean time a rolled up towel or rug can block drafts!!
post #49 of 58
***goes into work mode***

You really should have your insulation checked, the cost of upgrading your attic insulation (where most heat is lost) can be cheaper than the money you save over the year in heating costs and there are plenty of grants available for upgrading insulation as it saves our natural resources.

You should also check windows and doors to see if there is air leakage and you can buy cheap weather proofing strips to go around them if there is.

If you have a couple of attic accesses (particularly the ones with stairs installed) they are rarely insulated and you can save easily by buying a bag of R31/R40 batt insulation at home depot etc and laying them over the attic accesses.

If you have a clothes dryer with a vent pipe going outside, use a weather proofing seal around it.

Oh and if you have an uninsulated basement/crawlspace either block it off from the rest of the house or insulate it
post #50 of 58
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
I keep the house at a constant 80f year round, so I doubt I'd be much help.
But I have tropical birds, tropical fish in an unheated tank, and we use natural gas.
Can I come live with you?! My parents keep the house at 65 most of the time and I'm always so ! I have my space heater running all the time when I'm home!
post #51 of 58
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Can I come live with you?! My parents keep the house at 65 most of the time and I'm always so ! I have my space heater running all the time when I'm home!
Sure, if you don't mind the couch, as I'm quite sure Jeremy doesn't want to give up his office and turn it in a bedroom
post #52 of 58
About 65*F. I would personally have it lower because everyone's turning up the heat in here and it gets so hot, even with shorts and a tshirt on.
post #53 of 58
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Originally Posted by squirtle View Post
Like I said, we hope to have new windows in the next few months and that will help tremendously. Our windows are so bad that you can feel a draft if you stand next to them
That's how our house (built in 1959) was, even with lots of weather stripping. We had new windows and doors installed last year, and it has made a huge difference. We don't have air conditioning, but open up the windows and doors at night (usually cool here in summer), and then keep them, and the shutters, closed all day. The new windows really "trap" the cooler air in the house.
It's too soon to say how much we're saving in heating costs, because so far the winter here has been very mild. I don't notice any drafts now, though.
post #54 of 58
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
That's how our house (built in 1959) was, even with lots of weather stripping. We had new windows and doors installed last year, and it has made a huge difference. We don't have air conditioning, but open up the windows and doors at night (usually cool here in summer), and then keep them, and the shutters, closed all day. The new windows really "trap" the cooler air in the house.
It's too soon to say how much we're saving in heating costs, because so far the winter here has been very mild. I don't notice any drafts now, though.

Wow! Hopefully we will notice a significant decrease in out electric bill then
Our home was built in the 60's.
post #55 of 58
our heat is included in our rent. we are able to keep it 70 when not home or while sleeping, and 72-74 when home. (depends on if it's really cold out--our apartment is not well sealed)

my cats would be packing their bags if i kept it at 65 degrees! raven and nabu get cold like i do.
post #56 of 58
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
I live in an igloo compared to some of you. Ok, back to the original question. We have 2 zones, the first floor and the second floor. The second floor where the bedroom is stays around 60 during the day, and goes up to 62 at night. We prefer it cold when we sleep, and like to have extra blankets. We also crack a window sometimes.

The downstairs goes down to 58 at night, and is set to go to 66 a bit before we wake up. I normally lower it a bit during the day as we have a lot of large windows that face the south and the sun warms the rooms quite a bit. Once the sun goes down, I normally raise it back up. We do have hardwood floors, and they do get chilly, so I wear extra thick and fuzzy socks. Occasionally I do bump it up a few degrees if it gets real cold out.
We Massachusetts girls must be tough. We keep ours at 60 too. I'll nudge it up to 62 if I'm sitting around too long, but any higher than that and it gets too warm. My oldest son wouldn't want it any warmer either. Even at 60, he wears shorts and no shirt around the house BRRRRRR!
post #57 of 58
We must be. I don't think twice about running out barefoot for the mail in the winter!

My Gas bill came in today - $176. I use gas for heating, hot water, and cooking. I'm not looking forward to it getting colder.
post #58 of 58
It varies, we have it change during the day, evening and night and sometimes turn it up or down. In general it alternates from 72, 74,76 although sometimes I sneak and turn it up higher if I feel too cold.
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