How do you keep warm in the winter?

United States
December 14, 2007 2:57pm CST
I live in Central California USA. We only have one power company and that is PG&E. They are very expensive and to run a central heater it costs over 120 dollars a month. I keep our heart at 65degrees F durning the evening and mornings and the day 63 degrees and at 11PM no heat at all. Our bill was 233 dollars last month. I am so cold. I wear layers of clothes and sit under a blanket. We have a fire place but there is only a few days of the week can burn because of the air quality. I was wondering how do all of you keep warm? We do not live in a very cold place in the counrty I do not know what I would do if I lived in someplace like OK where they are having ice storms now. Can you tell me if you use Coal, central heat with natural gas, propane, wood heat, pellet stove or just heat each other up by rubbing bodies together. Keep it clean. LOL
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@makatas (1101)
• Greece
15 Dec 07
We use central heating with petrol.It is quite expensive too, it could be a 450Euros for a period of 2 months, and without extreme usage. If for a reason we cannot use it, or when we want to decrease our bill to save some money, we will wear warmer clothes and cover ourselves with blankets like you say you did.
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• United States
15 Dec 07
I will tell you when my hands and nose is cold I do get miserable. I have a Smart Thermastate from PG&E and can set it on the internet. I am learning how to set it. It was set at 68 degrees F this morning and that was to warm for my PJ's and bathrob. I had to reset it back down to 65 and 63 degrees. I am more confortable at 65 and a little too cold at 63 but am getting cheap in my old age.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
14 Dec 07
We have 2 heating options in Austin, well three if you live on the edges & have liqued petrolum. Basically you can have electric heat or natural gas. My house is heated by natural gas. It is the less expensive way to heat.
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• United States
14 Dec 07
We have natural gas also that is what our central heater uses.
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
14 Dec 07
when its too cold already here i just wear 3 sweater 3 jogging pants a glove, headcap and we use thick blanket i dont use heater its very expensive in electrict bill we use charcoal but we take it out before we sleep because its dangerous:-)
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• United States
14 Dec 07
I have never used charcoal. We did get our home insulated last summer I hope it helps keep our PG&E down.
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
15 Dec 07
Well right now here in NY it is 12 degrees and my heat is set at 71 degrees. I have baseboard heat and it's gas. I keep it on 71 all the time. I like to save money, but I'm not about to freeze all winter. I don't have to layer my clothes. If I get a bit chilly I throw my robe on or my light weight fleece throw blanket.I also only have one blanket on my bed. I find other ways to cut down on my gas bill, such as not cooking on my stove. I will usually cook in my electric skillet,micrwave, george Forman frill and crockpot. I also wash my clthes in cold water. I do however bundle up when I go outside. Right now I have on tights, nylon heavy leggings, socks, jeans and my Tims. Plus a turtleneck and a sweater. This should keep me warm while warming up my car. Wow 51 degrees would be warm here. I didn't know it got that cold in California.
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• United States
15 Dec 07
Alot of Hot Chocolate with Extra Marshmellows! LOL Maemae
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• United States
15 Dec 07
In parts of California the snow never melts. On Mt.Shasta the snow never melts. We do have have mountain ranges that are above 10,000 feet. Most people think California is warm like it is in LA or San Diago but not true.
@jam14zen (149)
• United States
15 Dec 07
I never turn on my house heater...it is dusty from years of not being used. I wear long underwear quite often for 4 or 5 months in the winter. I also have a down blanket that keeps me quite warm at night even if it gets down to 10 or 15 degrees. It never gets colder than that in Western Oregon, and usually not even that cold. If you are getting cold at 51 degrees like you stated somewhere in this thread...that seems kind of strange. Although I guess some people just get cold easily. Good luck and buy thicker and better quality clothes perhaps.
• United States
15 Dec 07
You are warmer than I am
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@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
14 Dec 07
Hi teapotmom, Well, up here in the frozen (Canadian) north, our temperatures are already in the minuses. We have horrific wind chill factors, and it looks like it's going to be a very cold, snowy winter this year. Our townhouse is poorly insulated, and unfortunately, we still have 2 window air conditioners in, from our hot summer. I have a friend who removes these each year, but he hasn't had the time yet this season. One AC is in the kitchen window, and there's plexi-glass there, so it's really cold. The other one, is in my bedroom window, and it's like the Arctic up there. We heat with natural gas, and I keep it turned down at night, and we pile the blankets etc., on, but during the day, I turn it up a bit. We have equal billing, and pay the same amount year round, which is a much better thing for us. It's around $110.00 a month. I hope you get warmed up, although, California weather is sounding good to me now.
• United States
14 Dec 07
Compaired to you we are much warmer than you are. Hawaii sounds great to me now. Mexico sounds wounderful with the warm water and hot sun. I have a swimming pool that I can only dream of the days when it is warm enough to use. I wish my PG&E worked like that. We have a program that we pay the same amount for 3 months and then they reevaluate the cost of your bill.
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• United States
15 Dec 07
I usually dress in layers to save money. Our heater is gas powered and natural gas prices have skyrocketed. We also have a fireplace and a woodburning stove. We get scrap wood from pallet companies and fence companies for free. Works great!
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• United States
15 Dec 07
Alls we use to use was wood heat and I loved it. Now we can only burn a few days a year because of the air quality. I would love to use our fire place but alas we cannot.