Do you use your heater (at home) strategically?

@TheHorse (208141)
Walnut Creek, California
December 12, 2017 9:16am CST
Here in the Eastern suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area, our Winters are fairly moderate. Highs are usually in the 50s or low 60s F, and our nights range from the upper 20s to the low 40s F. Recently, I've settled in on a pattern, with our lows right around 30 F (-1 C) at night. I turn on my heater last at night, as I'm finishing up my work, turn it off when I climb under my cozy comforter for sleep, and turn it back on for the hour or so that I'm getting ready for work. Then I turn it back off when I head into work. Do you have a similar pattern during the Winter months? If you're in Montana or the Midwest, do you turn it down, but not off, at night?
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• United Kingdom
12 Dec 17
This is probably not best practice but for me personally I never have my heating on! Ouch! That sounds really stingy doesn't it? Well, my home tends to be quite warm but during the winter months it still isn't that bad. I have those storage heaters where they charge overnight and then slowly release heat throughout the next day. I much prefer dragging my heavy tog quilt off my bed and taking it to my favourite armchair in the living room and I then throw that over me. Another practice that is probably not for everyone is the fact that I don multiple layers of clothing so that's two or three jumpers and several t shirts, this seems to do the trick and I feel very comfortable and warm. Living in the UK we hardly ever receive any snow although this past weekend has been the exception. We received a lot of snowfall and it's very nice to look at and so close to Christmas as well. Anyway, never say never! I will probably use the heating but I do use it sparingly! The strategy you use though seems good and it seems like you are comfortable with it and that is fine. I obviously love to get my hands around multiple cups of hot tea, that's central heating for the fingers! Keep warm.
@Morleyhunt (21748)
• Canada
12 Dec 17
When it gets down to 60F about 16C in the house I start the furnace. It is set for 64F and there it stays until spring. If I'm cold I put on a sweater. If I'm too warm, I take it off.
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
I wore a lot of sweaters and sweatshirts in Seattle when I lived there. I haven't put the heater on yet this evening, though it feels like about 52 F outside.
@Morleyhunt (21748)
• Canada
13 Dec 17
@TheHorse we have a heater in the bathroom...it gets used when we shower. You turn it on when you head into the bathroom and off again when you exit....no flash freeze when you step out of the shower...
@Asylum (47893)
• Manchester, England
12 Dec 17
Recently I have had my central heating on for 24 hours per day. This is certainly not economical, but with sub zero temperatures it is necessary.
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
Is it staying below freezing through the day?
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@Asylum (47893)
• Manchester, England
13 Dec 17
@TheHorse Maybe a few degrees above.
@fishtiger58 (29823)
• Momence, Illinois
13 Dec 17
We have our set to turn it down a bit at night. We have it set for 71 during the days and 68 overnight.
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
I have mine on right now as I get ready to shower. But I'll turn it off when I head to work.
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@fishtiger58 (29823)
• Momence, Illinois
19 Dec 17
@TheHorse Yea mine will be on until at least April.
@JohnRoberts (109848)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Dec 17
I use the heat only when I have to. Run it until it heats up then turn it off.
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
I do that often too.
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@teamfreak16 (43419)
• Denver, Colorado
12 Dec 17
We don't have a space heater any longer. We do have some very warm blankets, though.
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
I'd think you'd need a heater in Colorado!
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@teamfreak16 (43419)
• Denver, Colorado
13 Dec 17
@TheHorse - We haven't needed one so far this year. Our last one belonged to our landlord, so we left it when we moved.
@beckish (641)
• United States
13 Dec 17
Up here in Spokane, Washington winter temps vary from in the twenties to below zero. My thermostat is set at 68 degrees when we are at home and 65 degrees at night and when we are gone. Lately it has been in the twenties outside but feels so much colder - I just can't get warm. The only time I feel warm is at night when I am in bed and my two large dogs sleep on the bed lol.
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@beckish (641)
• United States
13 Dec 17
@TheHorse I don't mind the summers but I find the winters a bit hard to take as I have gotten older. I hate driving on icy roads! My current job is only a mile away from my house so that helps - at least the commute is short. Arizona is appealing - if only I could get my kids to move down there lol.
@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
Ah, my brother lives in Spokane. I've been up there in both the Summer and the Winter. You have "real" weather there.
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@sjvg1976 (41132)
• Delhi, India
13 Dec 17
We don't use heaters here as we don't have such freezing temperature in DELHI.
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
I think of most of India as warm. Does it freeze in the extreme North of India?
@sallypup (58522)
• Centralia, Washington
12 Dec 17
We have the heat pump going 24/7. If the house gets too cold, the pipes could freeze plus mold could start.
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@sallypup (58522)
• Centralia, Washington
13 Dec 17
@TheHorse If the pipes freeze we could mess up the water pump and we're in huge doo doo.
@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
Oh, that's true. I forgot about the pipe issue. We don't have that here, this close to the Bay.
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@JESSY3236 (19150)
• United States
12 Dec 17
My "new" digital thermostat has where you program it to come on at certain times of the day. I never set it.
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
Sounds good. Are you comfy most of the time?
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@JESSY3236 (19150)
• United States
15 Dec 17
@TheHorse yeah. It gets really warm when I do the laundry.
@JudyEv (327845)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 Dec 17
During our winters we light the tile fire but that's it. If it is really cold we might start up the fan heater in the office for a while,
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
What is meant by "tile fire"? How cold does it get at night in Winter there?
@Courtlynn (66918)
• United States
12 Dec 17
Never turn ours off. Keep it on but when gets too hot we turn it down. But only by like 5° lol
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
Where in the US are you? I keep forgetting.
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@Courtlynn (66918)
• United States
13 Dec 17
@andriaperry (116860)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Dec 17
Seems you have about the same "normal" weather temps as we do. I have central heat and air. I keep it on 68 in the winter but I also have to keep on socks and pants.
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
Once I'm under my comforter, I'm good.
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@andriaperry (116860)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Dec 17
@TheHorse Yes me too, I remember when we never had heat at night.
• United States
13 Dec 17
I just leave it set around 70. We have dogs, so I couldn't turn it off when I leave. Your way will save you a lot of money.
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
That's my hope. I also don't mind if it's slightly cool in here. We don't have really cold days. Even in Winter it usually hits at least 50 F.
@GardenGerty (158094)
• United States
13 Dec 17
Half the furnaces in the house here do not work. It does not really matter. We turn the heat up to maybe 66 where the wall furnaces are working when hubby gets up in the morning. We have a heated mattress pad and do not heat where our bedroom is. So, our bills are staying low.
@snowy22315 (171856)
• United States
16 Dec 17
i run mine as i need to. I rarely turn on the whole house heat.
@LadyDuck (461676)
• Switzerland
12 Dec 17
We can program our heater, so it goes down (not off) during the night hours. We do not let it down during the day if we only go out a few hours, it is not cost efficient.
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@Hannihar (129957)
• Israel
13 Dec 17
I started using our radiator heater during the day so it will be warm when we go to bed. When I have to go out I leave it on so my cat will be warm.
• Canada
12 Dec 17
I use the heating, if necessary. Otherwise, I don't keep it on.
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@TheHorse (208141)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Dec 17
Doesn't it get cold on Winter nights in Canada?