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Conservation Continued: We Turned On The Heat This Afternoon


Athena came home after school today feeling sick. It’s been about 56 degrees in our house since I have stubbornly refused to turn on the heat. I’ve been wearing a wool hat and a winter coat in my office, drinking tea and working with the my laptop on my knees to help me get warm. But seeing my lanky 9-year-old lying miserably on the couch under two thick blankets this afternoon made me reconsider.


It’s amazing how warm 60 degrees can feel. As the house was heating up I started to feel uncomfortably hot.


Poor Athena threw up three times. Then she ate some brown rice pasta and celery for dinner. I hope we don’t see it again.


The plan for now is to keep the heat at 60 during the day and turn it off at night. There’s something so cozy about hunkering down under the warm covers in a cold house at night.


As long as there’s no danger of the pipes freezing, I’d like to try to keep the heat off as long as possible.


What temperature is the thermostat at your house?




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Comments (19)

75 in the summer (would be more like 78 if it were entirely up to me), and 67 in the winter (would be more like 64...). I'm a big fan of sweaters, hats, and blankets! Cozy indeed! I'm in Oklahoma, so it looks like it will still be at least a couple weeks until we have to turn the heat on. But we had to keep the A/C on at least part time until about 2 weeks ago! Yuck! .-= Jessie´s last blog ..Book Sale Purchases as a Snapshot of My Life =-.
I agree, it's cozy to cuddle up under lots of blankets when the weather is cold out. I remember two times when I was in Japan in the winter in the countryside, where the houses are not heated (except in one room where everyone congregates in the day around a kotatsu table), and it really was the coldest I've *ever* been. That was a bit too much, but I think that it was because the houses were so poorly insulated that they didn't trap any of the heat that had accumulated during the day. I almost always turn our heat very low at night. .-= Christine´s last blog ..Tutorial: A doll's bike seat =-.
We're at 66 in the morning/evenings, 64 during the workday when we're often out and about, and 62 or 60 at night depending on if my husband is home that night to help warm the bed (but I should say, the thermostat is in the warmest part of our house and the bedrooms are significantly cooler than those readings). Co-sleeping lets me feel comfortable knowing my daughter is warm enough all night long, and when she was an infant, we wore her all day to share body heat. When I was a skinny highschooler, my mom was going through menopause and kept the house at 55 all day long, which I learned is too cool for me and may be why we keep our home warmer now :) For me, the worst part of winter isn't the cold but rather the change in temperatures from the cold outdoors to the hot indoors of 75 degree stores and homes. It's sweater/coat/hat/scarf/boot weather, people! .-= Mama Em´s last blog ..Cranberry Mama =-.
I broke down and turned ours up to 63 this week. In the a.m. I will briefly turn it up to 66, then down to 60 when we leave the house. Our furnace only heats the main floor so upstairs can be chilly all the time. It's all relative; after taking the bus & train around town and walking home, 60 feels warm!
I can't stand it cold. Ours is set at 68. I cannot function below that temp.
I am constantly amazed by how much heat some of our B&B guests require and by the fact that they turn on the heat in their rooms and then go out for hours. Do we need to heat the air? We have not turned on the furnace, although we did use the wood stove last week. We both like the house cold. I wear sweaters and feel uncomfortable at 68, so I could not come to Brette Sember's house. Not sure of the exact temperature, but at night we turn it off. And, my husband then OPENS the windows. .-= Alexandra´s last blog ..Bonus Post- LeCount Hollow- Today =-.
We were hoping not to use the baseboards until into November, but this week we had 3 days of snow, hurricane-force winds, and temps in the low 20s. So, I turned on the baseboards for a couple of hours each morning just to get back to 60 from like 52 when we get up. After that, I just use my space heater as needed. And, of course, we use the fireplace as needed too. Tell Athena we all hope she starts feeling better soon. .-= Roxanne´s last blog ..From Creepy to Squeaky Clean That Is =-.
We keep the house at a toasty 64 in the winter, and don't use our window A/C units unless ABSOLUTELY necessary in the summer. Our houseguests know to wear layers when they come over for dinner! .-= Casey@Good. Food. Stories.´s last blog ..GUEST POST- Edie’s Luncheonette- Little Silver- NJ =-.
Don't think I've ever put the heater on at our place! We live in Houston where air conditioning is the big emery consumer. I keep our ac on 78/79 during the day 77at night. Use the fans always though. I'm getting jealous reading about you folks who get to wear sweaters! Sounds great.
I absolutely hate the A/C in the summer; would much rather keep the windows open. But some other people in this house (who are male) insist it's too hot. But come wintertime, I'm happy to keep the house cool and bundle up in sweaters, socks and whatever else it takes. Lots of blankets are cozy, too. .-= sheryl´s last blog ..Happiness: Is It All In the Genes =-.
I'm here to tell you you can't hate AC and live in Texas. It just won't work. But I never turn our house into a deep-freeze; we usually keep the thermostat at 80 in the summer. .-= Ruth Pennebaker´s last blog ..Fatwas and Jihads in our Children’s Textbooks =-.
You guys are pretty hardcore. We have a thermostat that I turn up to 68 at the most (in the mornings, really, only, here in Northern California). I'm home pretty much all day so if other people seem genuinely cold, I'll turn it up to 68. It usually hovers about 64 or so. And yes, nothing like a cold room and a down comforter at night!
I was wondering how you were doing with the heater. I'm still sans heat, but the weather warmed up here making it easier on me. I know what you mean, though. We've got 600 blankets on the bed and I walk around the house looking like the stay puff marshmallow. My daughter seems to have some other source of heat though. She walks around with no shirt on and says she's not cold. I'm not sure what's up with that. I hope Athena feels better! .-= Alisa Bowman´s last blog ..Some Links You’ll Love =-.
I agree. Turning down the heat at night and snuggling under a down comforter couldn't be better. We've been doing this for awhile and it definitely saves on the oil bills. thanks for the post.
We don't have a thermostat! Or any source of heat. However, we're in a cooler part of Hawaii and in the winter there are days when I wish we did. When the outside temp reaches 55-60, so does our inside temp, since our house is single wall framing with no insulation and has louver windows. Right now I'm wearing sweats and long sleeves - I know, not the picture someone has of island living! .-= kris´s last blog .. =-.
Oh dear, don't even get me started on the inadequacies of insulation in houses and wandering around wearing coats indoors all winter. Makes. Me. Crazy. .-= Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi´s last blog ..Friday Freebie- When Glaciers Attack =-.
We have our heat off during the day and set it at 68 at night. We live in Oregon, and -- just having moved here from Ohio -- it seems very mild! So during the day, I throw a sweater on the kids and it's worked so far. If I am cold at night, however, I wake up with a horrible crick in my neck. So the heat goes on, along with my down comforter. .-= Heather´s last blog ..Send a Message to ACOG re- VBAC Access! =-.
Oh, and I should also mention, we have this weird system in our house where there is a heater in each room, but not a whole house heater. So when we turn them on at night, we just turn on the one in our room and the one in the kids room. I like it because we're not heating the whole house just to keep two rooms warm! .-= Heather´s last blog ..Send a Message to ACOG re- VBAC Access! =-.
I wouldn't go overboard on keeping your house temperature low. I was just reading something about insulation that mentioned "the World Health Organisation recommends that the minimum temperatures for good health are 18ºC for living areas and 16°C for bathrooms." So apparently, living in a consistently cold home is actually detrimental to your health. .-= Allison´s last blog ..Re-purposing Old Fabric =-.
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