What temperature do you normally leave your thermostat on during the winter?

  • metta

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    Feb 06, 2014 9:17 PM GMT
    One of my neighbors told me that she leaves it on 70. I tried but it is too cold. The lowest that I can put it and feel comfortable seems to be around 74.


    How low can you go and still feel comfortable?
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    Feb 06, 2014 9:45 PM GMT
    Wow. I usually have it at 65. But I try to keep the fire stoked enough so that the electric heat never comes on. After a power failure, everything resets to 55. For some reason, I can't seem to get the office over about 55 today. (east wind, blizzard conditions.) I'm thinking of moving the computer inside by the fireplace after lunch.
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    Mar 08, 2014 6:28 AM GMT
    I think the energy companies or whatever say it should stay about 68. I typically keep it 74-ish, but this year, I bought my little electric faux fireplace. So, my thermostat is staying at 71 and the fireplace fills in when necessary.

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    Mar 08, 2014 6:32 AM GMT
    Just need to make the houseboy sleep naked with no covers. When the cold wakes him up every two hours, he goes downstairs and stokes up the fire again. Easy icon_wink.gif
  • FRE0

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    Mar 08, 2014 6:35 AM GMT
    When I was younger, I used to set it for about 68F. Now I keep my living room at 74F and my bedroom at 73F. I like my zoned radiant floor heat; it's totally quite, steady, and draft-free.
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    Mar 08, 2014 7:15 AM GMT
    I keep it at 65. Feels fine to me. I'm one of those people who's body is like a furnace. I'm always warm.
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    Mar 08, 2014 7:30 AM GMT
    63F. It saves money.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Mar 08, 2014 7:51 AM GMT
    And Republicans hate us for shit like this lifestyle. What will they do with Teflon or non Teflon irons? Turn it down when you feel too hot.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Mar 08, 2014 7:53 AM GMT
    That was a test. Seriously? Real Jock is working again?
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    Mar 08, 2014 7:58 AM GMT
    70 if we need it, but we don't need it that often.
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    Mar 08, 2014 8:03 AM GMT
    My place is well insulated and my body rapidly adjusts to temperatures to keep me comfortable. I keep my heat off. My own body heat is enough along with socks.
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    Mar 08, 2014 8:23 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidSo far, I don't really put the heat on. It will be on average about 52 to 54 degrees in my place. I don't mind as I just put on a winter hat, a hoodie sweatshirt and some heavy cotton jogging pants and heavy socks. After about a month of doing this I pretty much got used to it. I can easily take a shower and then walk around in my underwear or naked and not feel too cold. When I'm in a room that is 72 degrees or somewhere in that area I actually start sweating because I find it to be too warm for me. I like it on the cool side. And my electric bill is only $30 a month which covers my heat, my electricity, my hot water and cooking. So I'm not doing too bad in terms of saving money.

    As of late, since we've been having warmer temperatures outside somewhere in the 50's it is now about 64 degrees in my apartment. So right now it feels like a tropical heatwave in my house. icon_smile.gif


    I've been through years of keeping the inside temp in the 50's. (Which was actually not cheap, when it was -20 outside.) But you can get a lot of condensation and mold growth in that range. Just be alert for it.
  • Cutlass

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    Mar 08, 2014 9:26 AM GMT
    I kept mine at 68 for a number of years, but now that I'm older, I find it too cold for me. I wore layers of clothes at night, but I finally quit and set the thermostat to 71, and I find that's comfortable for me.
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    Mar 08, 2014 10:27 AM GMT
    70. and almost never touch it. except to turn it off.

    My condo is an old converted brownstone, so for heat i have radiators and baseboards... come the summertime tho, heat goes off and i have a bigass window AC unit for my main room. that cools the whole place, including my bedroom as long as the door stays open.
  • Fritter

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    Mar 08, 2014 10:42 AM GMT
    I keep mine at 20C. seems to work for me.
  • rnch

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    Mar 08, 2014 3:49 PM GMT
    69-71 degrees F.
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    Mar 08, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
    I don't turn mine on icon_lol.gif ... my parents were always stingy about that up in minnesota. So it just wear a lot of layers if its cold. It never gets too bad in Texas. I don't think I saw my indoor temp ever go under 58 so I was fine.
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    Mar 08, 2014 4:47 PM GMT
    68-69
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    Mar 08, 2014 5:52 PM GMT
    67 while we're home and awake, setback to 60 when we're away or asleep overnight. I've become quite the freak with making sure that heating is automated at the perfect times. The obsession has spread to automated lighting, too. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 08, 2014 5:53 PM GMT
    At home I dont generally need to use it. When I travel I set it to 72
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    Mar 08, 2014 6:03 PM GMT
    20 when I'm home, 18 when out or at night.
  • FRE0

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    Mar 08, 2014 9:49 PM GMT
    shy_guy77 said20 when I'm home, 18 when out or at night.


    Way below freezing, really?

    Oh that's right; I'm more used to the antiquated Fahrenheit temperature scale we still use here in the U.S. In Centigrade, that's slightly cool, but tolerable.
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    Mar 09, 2014 2:07 AM GMT
    Winter time 73-75 depending if it's wet out. I have a vent-free fireplace, so all the heat comes back into the house and not out the flue. Keeps the down and upstairs just right. Rarely will the gas heater even kick on.
    Cooler at night when I put a few blankets on the bed.
  • CSPYNY

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    Mar 09, 2014 2:12 AM GMT
    I live in a 1 bedroom apartment with 2 thermostats - one in the "living" area and one in the bedroom.

    Last winter I left the room I was currently in set to 65 and the not-used room to 55. If I was gone, both rooms set to 55

    This winter, my electric rates are THRICE what they were last winter. So, if I am home, I turn the heat to 55 in the room I am using and turn it OFF in the room I am not using.

    If I am not home, the bedroom is set to 50 (so the cat doesn't freeze) and living room is off.

    I used significantly less electricity in Feb 2014 than I did in 2013 even though it was much, much colder. The bill was more than twice as much.
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    Mar 09, 2014 2:14 AM GMT
    69 - 70. 71 if i feel really cold. i like having a space heater i the winter.