What do you keep your thermostat at ?

United States
November 6, 2008 10:40am CST
Now that winter is approaching I'm fearful of my utility bill. I hate calling them and asking them abt their payment plans as they always suggest all these wonderful ways to lower your utility bills. The things that would lower my bills like a more energy effecient furnace, tyvek (sp?), re insulating our attic, and new windows all cost alot of money. It's not something I can just snap my fingers to come up with the money KWIM? If I could I wouldn't be worried about paying my bill! I am sneaky when dh isn't home I turn off the heat, well not all the way but to 65ish. I can't see paying a mint So what do you keep your thermostat at in Winter? Do you and your spouse bicker over the temperature?
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@my2boys (821)
• United States
6 Nov 08
They say that you should keep your thermostat at 68 in the winter. I try to but sometimes it gets really cold in the house with the thermostat at 68 so i do turn it up sometimes. Especially because i have two small children and i dont want them to be cold. My husband is normally hot when i am cold and cold when i am hot. We dont really bicker about it though. We just manage somehow.
• United States
6 Nov 08
Yeah we kept the thermostat up a lil higher last yr when my DS was a newborn. I totally understand that. I so hate to keep it so low but that's whatcha gotta do KWIM? There's no happy medium in our house unless dh is under 2 blankets & wearing a sweatshirt *LOL*
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@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I keep mine at 69 during the day and 67 at night and yes sometimes hubby complains that it's a little chilly in here !! lol bt we need to keep it low ... gas got higher too
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• United States
6 Nov 08
Tell me about it! My Hubby complains too, but it's just tooo expensive for us to afford keeping it at 75 like he'd want it. Or when in doubt we should all hang out somewhere that is warmer like the in-laws! *LOL*
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@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
6 Nov 08
ah yeah let the in-laws pay the bill ... good idea lol
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
6 Nov 08
We live in an apartment so we don't actually need to turn the heat on very often. We turn it on for a bit in the morning and it is nice and warm all day.
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• United States
6 Nov 08
I miss my apt days, especially when we lived in an apartment that included heat in the rent ;)
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
6 Nov 08
In the summer time i turn the furnace right off...during the fall and winter i turn it on and i tend to leave it at 15 degrees Celcius (59f)when im not home and at night. When I'm home and awake I tend to turn it up to 20 degrees (68F). I also do things like...buy the plastic window coverings and do my windows. I bought a huge hunk of Styrofoam and put it in the front door as i dont use that door in the winter. Saves alot of drafts from coming through. This year i also went around the house and sealed the holes for antennas and cables from the outside...that way small bits of air aren't getting through. I also have my dryer hose filtered and vented into the basement during the winter...outside during the summer. I seal off the vent with plastic and some insulation for the winter. I found that it was a fair amount of cold coming in through that vent and my basement is much more comfortable to go down and paint my ceramics or watch a movie.
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• United States
6 Nov 08
I thought I heard somewhere that if you put your dryer exhaust hose in your home that you were putting carbon menoxide or whatnot into your air in your home?
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
6 Nov 08
pretty sure thats with propane..non electric dryers.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
6 Nov 08
There is water vapor thats vented as well.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
right now that it is cooling off i have it set at 68. I will not touch it an just wear sweaters and socks.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
I've been trying to train my hubby to wear warmer clothes if he had his way he'd wear short sleeve shirts & shorts all yr.... I truly want to see him shovel snow in summer clothes *LOL*
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@Marie5656 (336)
• United States
7 Nov 08
We use propane as our main source of heat. It is rather pricy, but we are switching companies this winter, getting a better deal. Now to answer your question, we often keep our thermostat about 68 when we are home, turn it down some when we leave for work. We have a pet, so do not want to keep the house TOO cold when we are gone. We also have a couple of electric space heaters, and will sometimes use them rather than firing up the furnace.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
I wish we had competition with our utility company! Then maybe they'd do better prices though they always say they are one of the lowest in the region but they only compare themselves to 2 other power companies adjacent to us. We do have a few space heaters, but the way my kids are they wouldn't keep their hands off them & I can't risk a burns
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I usually keep mine at about 68....then I dress warm. It's funny that 68 in the summer feels so warm but in the winter it's not that warm! LOL...but I'll do what I must do to keep the bills lower....I see in our area they have asked for a raise from the government....go figure.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
Yeah I love when they ask to raise prices when they are already very high in the first place. Or sugguest to you these energy saving improvements that you need a loan for **rolling eyes**
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• Lubbock, Texas
8 Nov 08
I used to turn my furnace down to 60 at night and to about 75 in the daytime, but now my furnace is on the fritz and if I turn it above 69 the blower won't go off. It just blows all the time unless I open the furnace door and flip the switch. If the wind's blowing from the north east I have to either turn it higher or use an electric heater in the room I'm in. I've done all the little things that I know of to keep the cold out, but I'm like you, I need insulation and an energy efficient furnace and that's not happening, so I bundle up and do what I can.
• United States
8 Nov 08
Here here! Doing all that you can and all that you know sometimes is all that you can do. My furnace is 26-30yrs old, but to do that we would also need to pay for an electrical upgrade and then after all that we can do the windows. But that takes alot of money I just don't have to spare nor money for a payment.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
30 Nov 08
We have electric heat...We keep the thermostat in our room turned all the way off. I cant sleep in a warm room. Our daughters room is kept between 65 and 68 when she is home and 55 when she is at school, the living room/kitchen I keep at 65 during the day and 55 at night. Unless I have the oven running like on Thanksgiving day,then I turn the heat down to about 60 degrees. We just moved in last week,so I have no idea yet what it will cost for electric here. Hopefully alot less than the big house we just left.