Oct 21 2007

Freeze your buns challenge


We’re going to participate in the “Freeze your buns challenge” hosted by Crunchy Chicken. The idea is to use the least amount of energy possible to heat your home this winter.

We have no kids or pets, and we’re in good health. To me, it seems like the perfect opportunity to see just how low we can go.

We’ll try to set our thermostat to 65 during the days and 58 during the night. Right now, the windows are open and it’s a very comfortable 73 in here. That’s only 8 degrees cooler… shouldn’t feel too bad, right?

Actually, I know 65 can feel pretty cold. So, here’s what we’re going to do to try to stay comfortable.

-I’m going to buy window winterizing stuff. Since we’re in an apartment, we can’t do too much to alter the state of the windows. I’m thinking about weather-proofing tape/plastic. I might even roll up old towels and put them along the window sills, to see if that will stop some of the cold air from leaking in.

-Our exterior door just opens up into an interior hallway in the apartment building, so I don’t expect drafts to bother us there.

-We’ll keep all closet doors shut, so we won’t have to heat them.

-I’ll shut off the vents for the bathroom, since we aren’t in there for very long, and since it’s centrally located, it probably won’t be too cold.

-The closet for our half bath has our furnace in it, so it’ll probably be nice and toasty in there.

-During the day, I’ll shut off air flow to our bedroom and also shut the door. No need to heat an unused room.

Do you have any tips for me? How warm will your house be this winter?



7 Responses to “Freeze your buns challenge”

  1. My suggestions aren’t for the apartment, but for you and your husband. Just plain bundle up while you’re in the apartment. Cozy sweaters, socks, slippers, and sweatpants are good for ignoring the lowered thermostat. Get a big down comforter or a few quilts for the bed. You can also use them in the living room while you watch TV or play on the computer. They’ll last for years and years and you’ll put up with the cold better while you’re sleeping or cozied up on the couch. It could even get you crafting your own quilt or afghan — they’ll keep you warm while you stitch.
    The only thing I have to add about the towels on the window sills is that mine used to freeze to it — I don’t know if that’s bad or good, but it happened without fail.

  2. i have an apartment also… with a small dog. but i don’t run the heater unnecessarily. i have towels on the window seals. and i’ve also taped boxes to the bottom of the windows (hidden by curtains) to keep the draft from the floor. i use an electric blanket and sleep on that… during the day – my dog gets a blanket and an acrylic afghan. Acrylic is super warm! all my sweaters are of that material.

  3. i have an apartment also… with a small dog. but i don’t run the heater unnecessarily. i have towels on the window seals. and i’ve also taped boxes to the bottom of the windows (hidden by curtains) to keep the draft from the floor. i use an electric blanket and sleep on that… during the day – my dog gets a blanket and an acrylic afghan. Acrylic is super warm! all my sweaters are of that material.

  4. I got a kick out of the challenge name. I wish I could join you, I bet you’ll save a lot of money. I get cold through my feet, so always wearing socks would do it for me. I also read somewhere about how wearing a hat keeps you warm like crazy. You might want to give it a try. Good luck! Oh! do you have winter bills at this place from last year? It would have been interesting to make a comparison.

  5. Bee- Great suggestions! We plan to bundle up as much as possible. Luckily, we have a bunch of warm blankets for the bed and for cuddling with while watching TV, etc.

    I don’t know if I’m up for quilting an afghan–it might look pretty bad, as I have no idea how to sew. But, could be fun.

    Jana- looks like you have winter survival down to a science!

    Money Common Sense-We’ve only been here since June, so no cold weather bills to compare it to. The electric bills have been around $75, but for whatever reason, last month’s jumped to $89. What? We barely ran the AC during that time, and I don’t think we did anything else unusual.

    I hope my winter electric will be under $100. We’ll just have to wait n see…

  6. When my husband lived in Boston, he had very dark, thick, velvety drapes over the windows in his bedroom. I remember putting my hand in between them and the glass and all the air was cold in there – so they kept the warm air in and the cold air out. Also, is your apt on an upper level? My old apt. was on the 5th level and all the heat pumped out by the lower 4 apts would rise up through the floor and we would be ROASTING! (In January in Massachusetts!) Hope this helps!

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