or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Natural Living › The Mindful Home › Frugality & Finances › DH's frugrality keeps the house cold - has he crossed the line?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

DH's frugrality keeps the house cold - has he crossed the line? - Page 5

post #81 of 93
you're right imo. We keep our house pretty cold compared to most others it seems (60-63 during the day and between 55 and 58 at night) and if I have to be up and doing stuff when it is in the 50s in here, I'm freezing my butt off.
post #82 of 93
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick's mummy View Post
My kids are used to it, and so am I. The kids dance around in pretty minimal clothing and hardly ever complain - if they complain, we have more clothes, blankets, warm slippers and socks, hot tea, hats and mittens, etc.
I've both read and been told that young people have less of an ability to tell when they are cold but that doesn't mean that their bodies aren't cold. : I'd have your DC dress warmly even if they tell you they aren't cold, for their health's sake.
post #83 of 93
I don't think that is necessarily true. I would try dressing my kids warmly in the house and they would overheat. My kids definitely know when they are hot or cold.

What can being cold (in the house- not hypothermia) do to your health? :
post #84 of 93
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_lissa View Post
I don't think that is necessarily true. I would try dressing my kids warmly in the house and they would overheat. My kids definitely know when they are hot or cold.

What can being cold (in the house- not hypothermia) do to your health? :
Like your kids, my eldest definately knows when he is hot/cold. Last night he told me he didn't want a hot water bottle to take to bed, "because being hot makes me feel sick." If he feels cold, he will ask for an extra blanket etc. My youngest is not old enough to speak yet but he insists on taking off his sweater in the house, even when I am walking about in my coat.
I am not sure about the risks of having a cold house healthwise (apart from feeling chilled which isn't nice) but there are benefits. I am certain that when the heat is on more often (i.e. when we are better off) everyone's skin is drier and more irritable.
However, this said, if we could afford it this winter, I would be heating the house more adequately. Unfortunately, this year, we just can't afford it and that's that. It won't kill us! :
post #85 of 93
We keep our heat that low because that is how we are comfy. :
post #86 of 93
Well...I grew up in a house heated exclusively with wood heat and the furnace my folks had did not have a blower strong enough to move the heat up to the second floor. (we were up in the UP, then so you KNOW it was cold)

Because of that experience I always ask my kids how they feel with a temperature and that's where we heat the house.

I personally think temps of 50s are too low when there are other options available to a family - especially if family members are uncomfortable!

There are other ways to trim a budget, IMHO.
post #87 of 93
If you have serious financial problems or something, that would justify it. Otherwise, I would turn my attention to his budget and figure out where HE can cut back before I would wear mittens in the house.

A lot of temperature settings are a body fat issue. Also, I have noticed that in general, people tend to cut budgets where they are least affected. So I would guess that your dh is a stout gentleman and you are a SAHM while he works out of the house in a warm building with a 72 thermostat? Am I close?

I went to a private school in Boston where they kept the thermostat on such a low setting that we had to wear mittens and coats to class and we could see our frosty breath inside the school. It was totally ridiculous, and I still can't believe the parents did not put their foot down over that.
post #88 of 93
Quote:
Originally Posted by SugarAndSun View Post
I have to add a bit more... Maybe if your DH hates paying for heat so much you should consider moving! : Maybe Georgia? Maybe you can talk to your DH about heat being a necessity in your part of the country.

I have to say though, 80+ is fine with me in the summer. I would lose it is someone put AC on in my house!
Here in Texas, we would consider 80 plus to be a major cold front in the summer.
post #89 of 93
Thread Starter 
Just want to respond to a couple of the pps who assumed DH works out of the house in an office. Not so. He's home most days, with some appointments out of the home duirng the day and a couple of evenings. I am in an office duirng the day. DD is at a toasty warm school. Of course, we're all home in the morning upon waking and in the late afternoon and evening as well as the weekend. Those are the times I'm most concerned with.

To the pp who asked if I was thin and DH less so. Not true. I've got about 20-30 pounds I could lose and DH is maybe 10lbs over his ideal weight.

No update on our compromise as we haven't had time to sit down together to have the conversation. You know how frustrating that is! Our schedules have crossed a bit and the time we're together we were doing some holiday celebration w/ friends. I hope by the end of today to have this resolved.

I still appreicate everyone's input and personal accounts. It's great having such a wide range of people comment. Thank you.
post #90 of 93
Tell him to be thankful he isn't married to me! We are 72 during the day and 70 at night. I am actually cool at this temp - always wear long sleeves and never take off my shoes until it is time to go to bed.

At work, my boss and I have very different opinions of what temp the school should be. My desk is right at the front door, so the cold air comes in every time someone walks in or out. He finally told me to go buy a little space heater for under my desk. This has worked well for us - but I still wear two layers, boots, etc.

I'll cut corners somewhere else, but I refuse to shiver in my own house. : (oh, got to use the new smiley)
post #91 of 93
Ya'll are making me feel really guilty! We live in NH. We have a passive solar berm house. The whole front of the house is windows facing south. If the sun is shining it's 80-85 in here. On cloudy days or at night we have a wood burning stove. Our house is small (1100 sq feet) and we're always toasty warm. 70-75 with the stove going. We use about 2-3 cords of wood a year. It's AWESOME! I'm really thin and cold blooded and don't do well with cold at all. I have a really hard time going to peoples' houses that are in the 60's, I freeze. I'm so glad that the kids and I are so warm. 50's would kill me!
post #92 of 93
: There are lots of people in Oklahoma right now with no power and no prospect of power for up to a week from now. We had a giant ice storm that destroyed trees all over town (here's my backyard) and knocked the power out. All the hotels are booked and lots of people are staying with family and friends. Many people are staying at home though, with lots of blankets and layers of clothes. And it's getting down in the 20s and 30s here! So I feel like a wimp in that I am uncomfortable if the temp is below 65 inside.
post #93 of 93
Quote:
Originally Posted by ReadingMama View Post
: There are lots of people in Oklahoma right now with no power and no prospect of power for up to a week from now. We had a giant ice storm that destroyed trees all over town (here's my backyard) and knocked the power out. All the hotels are booked and lots of people are staying with family and friends. Many people are staying at home though, with lots of blankets and layers of clothes. And it's getting down in the 20s and 30s here! So I feel like a wimp in that I am uncomfortable if the temp is below 65 inside.
Wow! That's a lot of ice! What part of OK are you in?

To the PP - I couldn't live with it that cold. I freeze when we have our thermostat on 64. : (but I am in Texas where it is not usually very cold in the winter)
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Frugality & Finances
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Natural Living › The Mindful Home › Frugality & Finances › DH's frugrality keeps the house cold - has he crossed the line?