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post #41 of 108
We keep our heat at 55, and we have separate thermostats for each room so we turn it down as we leave a room, up as we enter a room. We turn it off entirely at night. (It doesn't get much colder than the 40s here very often so that is not as bad as it sounds ). Also, we both work out of the home so we are in 68-ish offices during the day. What we do to stay warm during the evenings/weekends is, wear a hat, wear wool socks AND felted wool slippers with thick soles (Fiber Trends felted clogs for me, storebought some fancy brand I can't remember for DP). Then we just layer. Long underwear with fleece or flannel pants over them, tshirt, sweater/sweatshirt. I have wristwarmers I wear. We try to have something hot for dinner when it's cold like stew or lasagne or casserole - and when we finish with the oven I open the oven door to let the heat out into the kitchen. Hey, every little helps. :

mta: oh and I have neck/low back pain so I have been known to heat up my rice bags to help with that but also just to keep me warm
post #42 of 108
Do you drink hot drinks during this day? Hand on a hot mug...I love that feeling. This may help keep you warm.

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Originally Posted by ediesmom View Post
I love all the "stay warm at night" ideas, but how the heck do you do it during the day? I wear sweaters and socks and have a blanket on the couch, but I am freezing already and its not even November yet.

I have the heat set on 64 during the day (60 at night---heater oonly goes in 4 degree increments). Granted, I am one of those people who is cold always, but how do other people deal with it?

last year I kept the heat at 68-72 but I eneded up in bill hell, so i won't be doing that to myself this year. If I didn't have dogs to take care of between classes I would stay at school where its nice and warm!
post #43 of 108
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Originally Posted by ediesmom View Post
I love all the "stay warm at night" ideas, but how the heck do you do it during the day? I wear sweaters and socks and have a blanket on the couch, but I am freezing already and its not even November yet.

I have the heat set on 64 during the day (60 at night---heater oonly goes in 4 degree increments). Granted, I am one of those people who is cold always, but how do other people deal with it?

last year I kept the heat at 68-72 but I eneded up in bill hell, so i won't be doing that to myself this year. If I didn't have dogs to take care of between classes I would stay at school where its nice and warm!
Do you knit?

Wrist warmers and scarves are part of our every day wardrobe. I have wrist warmers in every color to match everything. Same with scarves. I knit my own shorter, thinner scarves. I wrap or unwrap as I get hot or cold throughout the day. I use size 9 needles and knit a simple garter stitch at 12-14 stitches wide. It is a great way to use up scrap yarn and has recently become "fashionable". I have picked up almost all of my yarn from the 25 cent pile at Goodwill.

We keep our heat at 60 during the day and 55 at night and our heating bill is STILL $200 a month in the dead of winter. Scrap yarn is much cheaper than gas
post #44 of 108
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Originally Posted by ediesmom View Post
I love all the "stay warm at night" ideas, but how the heck do you do it during the day? I wear sweaters and socks and have a blanket on the couch, but I am freezing already and its not even November yet.
Move it down in increments, every few days, so that you're more used to 64 during the day. Don't try to go cold turkey. (Pun intended. )
post #45 of 108
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I love all the "stay warm at night" ideas, but how the heck do you do it during the day? I wear sweaters and socks and have a blanket on the couch, but I am freezing already and its not even November yet.
More hot water bottles! Seriously, if your feet are warm, the rest of you is warm.

Plus, ugg boots - nothing like half a sheep for warm toes.
post #46 of 108
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Originally Posted by ediesmom View Post
I love all the "stay warm at night" ideas, but how the heck do you do it during the day? I wear sweaters and socks and have a blanket on the couch, but I am freezing already and its not even November yet.

I have the heat set on 64 during the day (60 at night---heater oonly goes in 4 degree increments). Granted, I am one of those people who is cold always, but how do other people deal with it?

last year I kept the heat at 68-72 but I eneded up in bill hell, so i won't be doing that to myself this year. If I didn't have dogs to take care of between classes I would stay at school where its nice and warm!

Keep moving during the day, vacuum, clean the house, play with the dog, etc. If you are sitting on the couch reading or at a desk working on schoolwork, you can bundle up and drink a hot drink or have some soup to warm you up.
post #47 of 108
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the GREAT ideas!

Truthfully - we are never going to be able to put our heat down to 55...I bow to those who can!

Our goal is a lower bill, and just generally lower energy consumption.

So...we are trying several of your suggestions. We started by raising our temp up to 66 and adding blankets. That worked for two nights - and tonig
post #48 of 108
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the GREAT ideas!

Truthfully - we are never going to be able to put our heat down to 55...I bow to those who can!

Our goal is a lower bill, and just generally lower energy consumption.

So...we are trying several of your suggestions. We started by raising our temp up to 66 and adding blankets. That worked for two nights - and tonight we will go down to 65...so more gradual.

Putting the beds together won;t work - DH and 4 yr old sleep on sleeping bags on the floor.

but otherwise - that would be optimal. I will try the rice sock thing too!

Thanks again and stay warm!

Traci
post #49 of 108
don't forget to shut the bedroom door at night!

There are 4 of us in the bedroom, and I'm always amazed at how our body heat keeps the room warm. Open the door in the morning and the hallway is freezing!
post #50 of 108
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don't forget to shut the bedroom door at night!

There are 4 of us in the bedroom, and I'm always amazed at how our body heat keeps the room warm. Open the door in the morning and the hallway is freezing!
I agree, except that at our old house we had terrible venting to our bedroom (it was in an attic that was finished off after the house was built) and it would be FREEZING in our room and warm out in the hallway. But in our current house it's the opposite.

Also, if you don't want to/can't afford to buy flannel sheets, you can put a blanket (warm, like fleece or something fuzzy) on the mattress like a fitted sheet. And hanging quilts over the windows in that room can help, too.

Also, in winter I sleep in fleece bottoms, sometimes with leggings underneath and two pairs of socks (tucking the bottom of my pants into the socks...so fashionable), a Glamourmom nursing tank, sometimes another shirt and then a fleece turtleneck. DS wears cotton pajamas (and socks) with fleece footie pajamas over them.

DH sleeps naked. I pay no mind to him if he says he's cold.
post #51 of 108
an excuse to drink more coffee!!!!!

and I do knit, so tha twill be a good idea. I already have some wrist warmers, but will make more to match outfits. I never thought of wearing them inside, but they are comfy, so why not?

its the natural gas bills that kill me.... so I am asking on freecycle for some energy efficient space heaters. I'll still keep it cooler in here, just not be so darned afraid of the bill.

I finally got my dd into her own bed at age ten, she will be thrilled to be invited back even for warmths sake.

And I think I'm going to knit some big bulky house sweaters.....things we put on when we walk in. and get some slippers to wear over our woolies.

I have the kind of skin that actually hurts if its cold, and it can be cold even if its covered. I think it has something to do with thyroid disease.

Really great homey comforable stay warm ideas. I think to me its always felt like a cold house isn't homey, but these ideas are all really good and comforting. That and the fact that there are SO many people trying to cut the heat/energy use down.
post #52 of 108
I just have to say that my 10 yr old made her own rice bag yesterday, and I grated some cinnamon stick to mix in with the rice before she sewed it up. Last night when she heated it up before bed, it was the loveliest smell, so warm and comforting, like oatmeal she said.
post #53 of 108
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and get some slippers to wear over our woolies.
Oh my I can't even begin to tell you how much difference a pair of slippers makes.
post #54 of 108
An herbalist I know recommended Rosemary tea as a gentle warming drink for the winter months. Also ginger and cayenne can warm you up from the inside out too. You can also add gnger and rosemary to your bath water.
post #55 of 108
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Originally Posted by ediesmom View Post
I love all the "stay warm at night" ideas, but how the heck do you do it during the day? I wear sweaters and socks and have a blanket on the couch, but I am freezing already and its not even November yet.

I have the heat set on 64 during the day (60 at night---heater oonly goes in 4 degree increments). Granted, I am one of those people who is cold always, but how do other people deal with it?
Layers, layers, layers. I used to always, always be freezing, but I've learned how to stay warm. Don't ever hang around the house in just a pair of pants and a shirt or sweater. Wear long underwear (or tights) underneath your pants. Wear thick socks and slippers. Wear a thin silk or capilene long underwear top underneath all your shirts. Put a long-sleeve t-shirt on top, or, better yet, a thin wool crewneck. Then put another sweater or two on top. Usually my top layer is the only thick sweater. All the others (and I usually have at least two or three total, sometimes four or five!) are thin layers. I wear capilene or silk long underwear under absoutely everything. Also, I find wearing polar fleece pants really helps a lot.


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Keep moving during the day, vacuum, clean the house, play with the dog, etc. If you are sitting on the couch reading or at a desk working on schoolwork, you can bundle up and drink a hot drink or have some soup to warm you up.
Yes! I'll find that I get too warm even with the house at 64, even just wearing one thin layer. If I'm lounging and doing MDC, I need lots more layers! (Keep a blanket handy for that too!)
post #56 of 108
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Originally Posted by amyamanda View Post
I agree that it takes a little while to adjust. We are in Vermont and we keep our heat at 55F (
We do not turn our heat on until the thermometer in the kitchen reads 54 degree. We usually only heat our downstairs. We stay pretty warm though as we are insulated. We never use heat at night.

Embarrassing story. We were at church one Sunday and the boys started begging that when we got home we could turn on the heat. I was sure because it was cold that morning like 49 degrees inside but we were leaving so I did not want to waste the heat, KWIM. So anyway I say to the boys Ya we can turn on the heat when we get home and the boys started cheering woo hoo we get heat today and doing their little dance. Everyone was just staring at us.
post #57 of 108
We have some of those fleece zip-up sleepers - for all of us! One of my crazy aunts bought them for us one year, and DP & I cracked up laughing at them; we thought they looked so dorky. Little did we know how much they would come in handy! We put those on over regular pajamas with wool socks, and we sleep on flannel sheets under a down comforter. Plus all three of us are in one double bed. We've never had a problem staying warm!
post #58 of 108
I use polar-fleece coveralls during the day in the winter. I made some out of a polar-fleece jacket with an improvised pants pattern. I work at home and put on my regular clothes--jeans, shirt, sweater---and then cover the whole thing with the coveralls. It's kind of like using the sleepers during the day. That way I'm dressed so if I have to go out, I can just take off the coveralls and put on a jacket and I don't feel like I'm wearing pjs all day.
post #59 of 108
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Originally Posted by rainyday View Post
Layers, layers, layers. I used to always, always be freezing, but I've learned how to stay warm. Don't ever hang around the house in just a pair of pants and a shirt or sweater. Wear long underwear (or tights) underneath your pants. Wear thick socks and slippers. Wear a thin silk or capilene long underwear top underneath all your shirts. Put a long-sleeve t-shirt on top, or, better yet, a thin wool crewneck. Then put another sweater or two on top. Usually my top layer is the only thick sweater. All the others (and I usually have at least two or three total, sometimes four or five!) are thin layers. I wear capilene or silk long underwear under absoutely everything. Also, I find wearing polar fleece pants really helps a lotI
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Originally Posted by LilMama23 View Post
We have some of those fleece zip-up sleepers - for all of us! One of my crazy aunts bought them for us one year, and DP & I cracked up laughing at them; we thought they looked so dorky. Little did we know how much they would come in handy! We put those on over regular pajamas with wool socks, and we sleep on flannel sheets under a down comforter. Plus all three of us are in one double bed. We've never had a problem staying warm!
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I use polar-fleece coveralls during the day in the winter. I made some out of a polar-fleece jacket with an improvised pants pattern. I work at home and put on my regular clothes--jeans, shirt, sweater---and then cover the whole thing with the coveralls. It's kind of like using the sleepers during the day. That way I'm dressed so if I have to go out, I can just take off the coveralls and put on a jacket and I don't feel like I'm wearing pjs all day.
I have to say I'm very amused by the thought of all these MDC mamas hanging out at home dressed in so many layers. I'm right there with ya, but it's still funny.
post #60 of 108
I'm a fellow Virginian and it did get cold finally. We did our own heat audit last year (so much cheaper than hiring someone! Though often times VA Power has a list of approved Auditors that you can get for a discount) and went around feeling for drafts near outlets, doors and windows and then weatherproofed them.

For windows we use plastic sheets and outlets we use tape. We also weatherproof the attic to minimize the cold air seeping out. It really made a difference and we plan on doing it again this year. We also have a space heater that also helps and is cheaper than using more gas.
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