Monday, November 3, 2008

How Warm is Your House?

As the weather turns colder, we are starting to turn on our furnace more and more. I love this old house but it is a touch drafty. We are sweat shirt and sweater people. It feels cozy to put on more clothes and cover with a blanket but it is also a way to economize for us. I read somewhere, for every degree you lower you thermostat you save 3% on your heating cost. That is a lot if you lower your thermostat by 5 or 10 degrees. We keep our house at a balmy 62 during the day and 60 at night. I am slowly tricking my family into being comfortable at lower temperatures. About once a week I decrease the temp by one degree. I am hoping we will get to where 60 is comfy for us. We are almost there.
How about you? How warm is your house right now? If you are one of those stinky people down south you probably still have on your air conditioning. You do, don't you? Admit it. Well poo on you.
Kidding! You are still here, aren't you? Because really I was kidding. I love you guys. And when the snow and ice starts to get to me I am going to come and live with you. I will bring my rug rats and my dog and my cat. Jason has to work so he will have to stay here.(Someone has to support my high class lifestyle you know) That would be alright, right? Oh goodie.
Anyway, back to my original question. How warm do you keep your house in the winter? Nice and warm or a little frosty to save some green. I would love to know.

9 comments:

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

We keep our house on the cool side in the wintertime. We all sleep better at night when the heat isn't running with cozy quilts and blankets. Although, we probably spend everything that we save from the winter during the summer when it gets so brutally hot and humid.

dlyn said...

You already know we aren't happy if no ice forms on the top of our coffee before we get a chance to drink it...

for those who don't know us - about 53 at night and no warmer than 62-65 in the daytime.

Nap Warden said...

Right now we are at 67 in the day and 60 at night...I'm trying to bring it down a bit...

Flea said...

Yeah - my A/C just kicked on. Something about Indian summer. :(

Kellan said...

I did have to turn on my A/C yesterday, but it is cooling off here and we keep our house pretty cool and wear sweats and blankets too. Our house is old and it stays cool and I am not a fan of too much heat, especially at night.

Stay warm - Kellan

Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead said...

Um, yeah. It was so hot on Halloween that my kids' chocolate candy was melting. No joke. It was 95 on Saturday! But tomorrow's supposed to only be 80. WOO HOO for cooler weather! It's November...about time, huh?

I covet your cold weather, truly. It just doesn't seem like fall here.

Trannyhead said...

First off, thanks so much for visiting my blog. I really hope you will be back.

As for the thermostat? Well - I don't know how much you read of my blog, but my husband is in Iraq with the Army and I'm staying with my parents for the last couple of months of his tour. Anyway, they keep the house at 73. 73! I tried to tell my parents they could save SO much money putting on a sweater and they just don't care. I think they're totally lame!

kcinnova said...

60 degrees at night (but we sleep upstairs so I suspect it isn't nearly that cold) and in the daytime, my husband sets it for 66 - I prefer to turn it off until the kids come home.
I'm with you on the sweatshirts and sweaters.

I make up for this all in the summer when I set my a/c as low as 76 degrees. I have to have a fan running on me at all times then, but the rest of the family is shivering. (They're skinny.)

Sean said...

Insulation is key for keeping your heating bill down... and when you live 5 ft. undeground it is not unreasonable to keep the house at 72 year round. That and we have plenty of cats that are more than willing to sit with you if it gets cold out.