Turning down the thermostat this winter?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by JennsPeeps, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    The overnight lows are supposed to be very low tonight in my area. We haven't put the storm windows up yet because it was too windy this weekend to do it safely. Think I'll head out to put them up really quickly in a few minutes.

    Are the rest of you turning down the thermostat this winter? I kept it at 67 during the day at 65 at night (we have a boiler and were told to leave it at the same temp 24/7). I'm going to drop it to 65/63 this winter.

    What are you doing?
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I know your feeling. We're under frost warnings this week, so it's getting pretty chilly here too. Heat has already been kicking on and I just placed an oil order today to fill up. I'm not looking forward to that bill, but what are you gonna do. We'll wear extra sweaters and keep blankets on the couch for tv time. Plus dh cooks the fireplace to save on the oil. Wood comes cheap here and we have dead timber yearly in our woods, so may as well put it to good use. I think winter will bring some major cutbacks and tough times.

    Jody
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    we kept ours at 65/68 at night and about 72 in the day..and still froze our butts off!...and had to get 100 gallons about 2-3 weeks!..ahh!....i want a wood stove so bad...actually we just got oil delivered yesterday, 100 gal. and it was about $334....[​IMG]...
     
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  4. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
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    I havent turned on the furnace yet. We usually keep ours anywhere from 60 to 65, figure if we get chilly just put more layers on. I would rather be a little uncomfortable than be totally out and freeze to death. Funny thing is, we get used to it, when my oldest daughter was here and turned the thermostat up to 70, we thought we would suffocate from the heat,lol.
     
  5. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    We looked at a wood stove and considered that but since it's the wrong time of year to be purchasing such things we will wait until next year. Also we purchased and Edenpure over the summer ( the right time to buy such things ) and are told it takes much less electricity. Last year we went through way to much propane for our furnace.

    I will be keeping our thermostat lower this winter than ever before. We were spoiled.......dressing for summer in winter. I don't want to waste energy anymore.

    We are making a conscious decision to conserve on energy wherever we can.

    I am sure it will be a process.
     
  6. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Idaho
    The only heat source we use is a wood stove and I built a small fire tonight as it is getting nippy outside. Firewood is getting harder to get here but it is still most cost effective for us. When we purchased the house came with baseboard heaters but we have them turn off at the breaker.
     
  7. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    I am hoping to have a Ben Franklin wood stove next winter. I want something I can cook on too if necessary.

    Anyone here have experience with one?
     
  8. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We heat with a wood stove and cut our own wood on our land. I've cut extra this year so we don't have to use our backup oil furnace. Our thermostat we keep set at 55, last year the heat kicked on once.
     
  9. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We lost our coal supplier so I guess we'll be cutting old trees that fell last year and buying some firewood. We have a wood/coal stove in the basement that heats the place. There's a propane furnace but its so expensive to run we try to keep from using it. I did use it a few mornings ago when I got up and it was 64 in the frontroom and that room stays the warmest. I turned it to 68 and took the chill off. We have toddlers so I like to keep the house a decent temp. I have a little oil heater in one toddler bedroom but I need another one for the other room. It has a little ceramic heater on the dresser and that won't do this year. He can reach the dresser top this year. That kid could break concrete! Destructive little guy. Usually I like winter since there are no bugs but this year I dread the bills. Last year it was just three tons of coal and some wood we had cut. This year I have the feeling we will have to run the furnace and get that tank filled midwinter.
     
  10. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We can't turn our heat down below 73-74 in the daytime, or below 68 at night.

    We are on that pay plan that spreads the year out -- rather than paying $125 in the winter and $50 in the summer, we pay $80 all year round.
     

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