Dec 17 2007

Freezin’ yer buns update

How’s everyone doing in the “Freeze your buns challenge”? If you’ve decided to participate (or not) at what temperature do you have your thermostat set?

Our furnace didn’t kick on until the beginning of December. It’s set at 65 (anything lower during the day is just too cold for me, no matter how many layers I’m wearing). At night, it is set to about 61.

So far, I really do think we’re saving a lot of money on our electric bill. At least, I hope.

Most of the time, we’re comfortable with the temperature. Others, though, it can feel pretty chilly. I make some hot tea or jump into a hot shower for a bit, and that helps.

We’re just a few days from the first day of winter–and my goodness, I can’t wait for spring.

Are you staying warm?  



8 Responses to “Freezin’ yer buns update”

  1. LOL
    Well I guess thats why I live in the south.
    It JUST got chilly.
    Its in the 50’s today! hehehe

    Our heater doesn’t come on much either. Nice cheap bill this winter its gonna be!
    Tis nice!

  2. Wow!! I always complained as a kid about the temp in the house. My dad always said that when i pay the electric bill then i could set it at what i want. SOOOO ours is usually set at 72. I know that is high, but i hate to be cold, and i always have a shirt and sweatshirt on. I hardly ever run the air in the summer, so i like to think that i am coming up even on that. All of our appliances run on LP so that also helps. I am also lucky that my husband is like me also and is usually cold. So he does not say anything about the thermostat sometimes he even turns it up for awhile.

  3. I prefer summer, too. We didn’t run the AC much this summer, just when it was ridiculously hot.

    65 sounds pretty cold, but actually you get used to it after awhile and it doesn’t feel bad.

    Maybe try 71 for awhile to see how that goes. For every degree cooler, it’s something like a 2% or more savings.

  4. We’re setting ours to 65 or 66 all the time- we don’t have a programmable thermostat that can automatically lower the temperatures at night or during the day while we’re at work- I’d like that!

  5. Our programmable thermostat is now set to 62 for every time ‘zone’ — but The Husband has been turning it down to 60 before bed, which means it kicks back up to 62 at 5 a.m. by itself. We have several times turned it up to 64 or 66 for a few hours or so. We do also have a heated pet bed for the dog so that takes a bit of electric. Our heat is natural gas and so far the bill is a bit lower than last year, though not as much as I would have liked!

    The funny thing is, we keep it at 70-72 at work and sometimes I’m chilly, I guess it’s because I’m always either on my feet or in bed at home and here I just sit!

  6. Hi Kacie!

    My fiancé and I have two heating units in our 1BR apartment: one in the bedroom and another in the living room. Both are directly under huge windows that span between 60-80% of that wall. Unfortunately, neither have digital thermostats. We try to keep the heat low and dress warmly. I’m home during much more of the day so I also try to drink lots of tea and keep my laptop on me :)

    Today, when the maintenance man came, I discovered that it really is very cold in here. First, it turns out that the windows were not completely shut. These windows are super-heavy so we have never open them. The maintenance man shut them, sealed the cracks with a caulking-like substance, and then weather-proofed them weather-proof tape. Yay! He said that this tape is allowed, while the plastic coverings + tape are not. He also fixed the heater which was set to A/C way under the unit. Tenants would not be able to fix this themselves (possibility of electrocution) but maintenance waits for them to complain that it’s cold (grr!!). I guess since we moved last February, which was mild, nobody bothered to switch the unit to heat. Now, instead of blowing tepid air, it’s warm. The maintenance man also checked and verified that our filters are clean. I also shut the door to the bedroom, where the heat is completely off during the day and most of the night, and stick a draft dodger by the crack under the door so it does not steal the warm living room air. We use humidifiers on low around the clock in both rooms to humidify the air. We also use a heated mattress pad to keep us toasty under our winter-weight down comforter at night; it is so wonderful to crawl into heated sheets. My hope is that these measures will result in a lower heating bill, but I have nothing to compare it to since the apartment we lived in last winter paid for heat. Thanks for your tips and keep them coming!

  7. Wow, M! That’s wonderful. I think you’ll notice a warmer home and lower heating bills, thanks to your maintenance man.

    I have a large window in my living room, and I roll a beach towel up the long way and place it on the edge for an extra little bit of help. I don’t know how much it helps, but every time I touch it, it’s really cold so maybe it’s saving a little bit of cold from creeping in.

  8. Hey Kacie,

    Finally back online after our 3 day power outage! Generally we leave our thermostat down at 6o. It is definately at 60 at night… during the day, depending how much of the day we are here (usually all day) and what sorts of activities we are doing, I will turn it up. I usually don’t go higher than 65, and usually not all day. I add a pair of thermals under my jeans and throw on a sweater. I try to dress DS warmly too… though he is pretty active, so I don’t worry as much about him! :)

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