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ldb1030
11-01-2006, 02:26 PM
I know this will be different depending on where you are located but I'm in the midwest and would like to know about where everyone on a budget is keeping theirs now that it's getting cold again?! :cold:

Harvest02
11-01-2006, 02:34 PM
We are from Indiana, so we get cold here in our part of the midwest also! I try to keep it around 69 or 70 degrees! Some people would say this is too cold, but I think it is fine. I like to use lots of blankets in the winter! Another way to save money besides turning the temp down is to get a programmable thermostat. We got one right before winter last year, and I think it does help to keep costs down also!!! :)

budbeerlady
11-01-2006, 02:37 PM
We are in mid-Mi. I am the heat cop of our house, when we are gone I lower it to 55, when we are home it is on 65. I would rather wear a sweatshirt than buy another tank of propane in the winter. I sleep good at night and it gives me an excuse to put the flannel sheets on the bed.

ldb1030
11-01-2006, 02:37 PM
I had it down to 64 last night and woke up freezing! I do have one I can program....just have not done it yet......since we moved in........2.5 yrs ago! ;)

BabyTigger99
11-01-2006, 02:41 PM
We keep ours at 65 when we are home, and 62 overnight and when we are gone.

MomofKatie
11-01-2006, 02:49 PM
Up until last winter, we kept it at 65- amid the high gas prices last year, I decided I didn't want to suffer too much from sticker shock, so we kept it at 62.

It was pretty good, overall- DH and DD complained a bit, but I just told them to put on a sweater! I am Pooh sized, so I run a little hotter than them.

lisaross
11-01-2006, 02:54 PM
while we are sleeping i put it at 65 - its on a timer so about 1/2 hour b4 we wake i set it for 70 or 71 when we are not home its programmed for 68.

lisa

XYSRUS
11-01-2006, 02:59 PM
Ours is at 66 all the time. Any warmer and I'm uncomfortable. I love AC too!

Plantlady
11-01-2006, 03:14 PM
I'm in Kansas. Ours is at 65 during the day, and 58 from 9pm until 6:45 am. Everyone has several bankets, so it's not problem at night, and we have tons of "family" blankets in the living room for during the day if people get a chill.

Kudos to the PP that keeps it at 62, don't let my husband know that people can survive in that cold of temperature! I complain constantly about how cold it is, but the propane is just too expensive.

jstbcuz
11-01-2006, 03:16 PM
Hey there! Another Kansan here.

I have ours set at 71 right now, day and night. And I have to tell you that I sit around the house in a tshirt, with a sweatshirt over it, and still am cold. Sometimes, I have to go get my flannel blanket to cover up with too. I HATE the cold weather.

sammielynn
11-01-2006, 03:18 PM
I'm in Tennessee. 60 at night, 65 when we are home but I pump it up to 70 in the mornings when we are taking showers. We have had some cold weather lately and I have just hated having the heat on don't like high utility bills at all. Our natural gas prices have gone down some since last year so after I see how this month goes I might splurge and go to 67 when we are at home.

ldb1030
11-01-2006, 03:19 PM
I'm in Kansas. Ours is at 65 during the day, and 58 from 9pm until 6:45 am. Everyone has several bankets, so it's not problem at night, and we have tons of "family" blankets in the living room for during the day if people get a chill.

Kudos to the PP that keeps it at 62, don't let my husband know that people can survive in that cold of temperature! I complain constantly about how cold it is, but the propane is just too expensive.

Hi Plantlady! I know where Riley is!! I grew up in Junciton City (family still there!), now in the Wichita area!

mom2alix
11-01-2006, 03:19 PM
We have it at 68 during the day and programmed to drop to 65 overnight.

momto2inKC
11-01-2006, 03:28 PM
Most of the time ours is set on 68. Occasionally I will put it up between 70-72.

rocky41102
11-01-2006, 03:47 PM
I'm in southwest Michigan. We have a programmable thermostat. It's on 69 at night-I prefer it colder, but I have young children that don't use blankets. It's at 64 during the daytime when no one is home. I would have it even lower, but I have two spoiled rotten dogs. It's at 68 the rest of the time and all day on weekends, although I do bump it up to 69 or 70 when it feels extra cold inside.

Kimkimba
11-01-2006, 04:05 PM
62 during the day and 60 at night. It's a little chilly, but we're on a budget.

M 'n C
11-01-2006, 04:13 PM
I'm in houston and I have mine turned off. I mainly rely on ceiling fans unless its really close to freezing then the heat comes on or over 90 then the air will come on but its close to 80 when I do turn it on.

rie'smom
11-01-2006, 04:18 PM
We leave ours at about 68 all year. If it's cold,we pile on blankets-we don't have that problem very often though because we live in south Louisiana.

Mandi78
11-01-2006, 04:51 PM
I'm in SC and I keep my heat/Ac on auto to keep the house at 75 all the time..

travelbug
11-01-2006, 04:52 PM
63 or 64 when I'm home
62 at night
60 when I'm gone

*JoGo*
11-01-2006, 05:18 PM
I'm in OH. Our heat hasn't been on in 2 days. It's set at 66*, and supposedly it's 70* in the house right now. I'm cold. We have blankets in the living room and I wear my robe over my clothes. My 4yo runs around in his underwear, I'm constantly telling him to get pjs on but he says he's hot. :confused3 We let him sleep with us so we can keep him covered at night.... and he's like a human heat pump - keeps us warm! :rotfl: Our gas bill for Oct was $38. :banana: But it's supposed to get cold here again, dh will probably turn the heat on late tonight or when we get up.

drgnfly30
11-01-2006, 05:50 PM
Most of the time ours is set on 68. Occasionally I will put it up between 70-72.
Ditto

Not so Dumbo
11-01-2006, 06:03 PM
At night it's set for 69 and during the day I'll bump it up to 70 or 71 if it's a windy, cloudy day. We have poor insulation in the house and it makes a huge difference if it's a sunny day or a windy, cloudy one.

MomofKatie
11-01-2006, 06:04 PM
I'm in houston and I have mine turned off. I mainly rely on ceiling fans unless its really close to freezing then the heat comes on or over 90 then the air will come on but its close to 80 when I do turn it on.
You are a strong person!! I don't mind the cold, but I need the A/C in the summer. I cannot function in a house hotter than 74 degrees.

jennifer293
11-01-2006, 06:53 PM
I am in eastern TN and we have ours on 71 and I am still freezing during the day unless I have cake orders and then I have it down to 65 and I have on a t-shirt and shorts. Between the oven on and me constantly stirring something it works up a sweat.. :teeth:

casey49781
11-01-2006, 06:57 PM
I am in Upper Michigan,,, We have already gotten snow a couple times this year,,,,i keep mine 70/71 daytime and 69 at night,,,,I had one gas bill last year that was 454.00 since then i am on a budget and pay 200.00 year round,,,and now its down to 170.00 a month :rotfl: I hate being cold,,,,and so do my kids,,,,,,

3dog2kidmom
11-01-2006, 07:06 PM
Just went to check our thermostat...

66 when we wake up
61 when we leave for work/school
68 in the evening
62 to sleep

I can't stand a warm house -- we wear sweats, socks, and keep warm during TV watching (and laptop surfing!) with blankets and snuggling with the dogs. Lots of quilts on the beds, too!

svalencia1
11-01-2006, 07:23 PM
Hi Plantlady! I know where Riley is!! I grew up in Junciton City (family still there!), now in the Wichita area!

I have family in Junction City too! Also in Abilene and Wamego. I'm in the city though (Overland Park). Anyways, we keep ours at 61 and I must say that I'm glad to see others that keep it at 62. I thought I couldn't possibly survive with it this cold. I sit around the house all day curled up with an electric blanket!

Our2Girls&Disney
11-01-2006, 07:57 PM
We live in NH. We used to leave it at 68 all day, all night. Last year when oil prices sky rocketed, we purchased programable thermostats. We have them set at 66 when we are home and 60 when we are not. I can honest tell you that I find 66 very cold. DH hates it at 66, he complains all the time. I hate it too, but I live with it. I would love to be those people that could tolerate it lower, but I not. I live in the wrong part of the country.

Vivsmom
11-01-2006, 07:58 PM
My family isn't happy with me but I haven't turned our heat on yet. We are in the midwest and have had a few nights below freezing. Down comforters are our friends. The fireplace heats the main level very well in the evening and then we climb under the covers and drift off to dreamland. We all like to sleep in the cold.

Angela&Kayla
11-01-2006, 08:05 PM
I'm in Wisconsin, and keep mine set at 63 in the winter and 68 in the summer. 63 is awfully cold...but I am too cheap to pay for something we don't need (that is what all the blankets I have are for!).

princessjv
11-01-2006, 09:04 PM
I'm in MN and it is already cold here! We keep it set around 66-68 for the winter and 72 for the summer.

ldb1030
11-01-2006, 09:13 PM
I have family in Junction City too! Also in Abilene and Wamego. I'm in the city though (Overland Park). Anyways, we keep ours at 61 and I must say that I'm glad to see others that keep it at 62. I thought I couldn't possibly survive with it this cold. I sit around the house all day curled up with an electric blanket!

Hey! :wave2: I think you and I chatted on the "people doing demos" thread also!
That's cool you have family in JC also! And Abilene!! Thats's where my step-daughter and her husband live!!! And I was in OP over the weekend seeing one of my sisters!!

It really IS a small world! ;)

Dashzap
11-01-2006, 09:18 PM
near Chicago...

winter =
65 daytime when we are home
62 nighttime or when we are away for the day

last winter we went away for two weeks, so I set it to 58 degrees. came home to fish tank of floaters, the tank heater couldn't keep up. :guilty:

summer = about 72 at night, daytime varies

MELSMICE
11-01-2006, 09:18 PM
We live in a cold climate. It's set at 67 during the day & down to 62 at night. We used to do 68 but found that 67 is OK. We use a programmable thermostat.

DD's are always telling me their cold & I'm always telling them to put a hoodie on. We have a gas fireplace that we throw on while we're watching TV if everyone is cold. Heats up the house great.

DiznEeyore
11-01-2006, 09:23 PM
We're in SE Michigan and it is COLD here. I keep the heat at about 65 during the day, bump it to about 67 when it gets dark, and then turn it to 63 overnight. We all wear hoodies and have down comforters and featherbeds.

My parents hate coming over because they say they freeze here. I HATE the cold, too, but hate the gas bill more! ;)

momma leaps
11-01-2006, 09:46 PM
We are in the Northeast and we usually have it set for 68-70 degrees.

We have YET to turn our HEAT on this fall !

You guys are must be freezing !!! 62 degress ! Burrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!

I have to say that I have the opposite theory...

At night when you are lying still you need warmer temps. During the day when you are moving around and cleaning the house (like I am), you need lower temps............... Just a thought !

M 'n C
11-01-2006, 09:53 PM
You are a strong person!! I don't mind the cold, but I need the A/C in the summer. I cannot function in a house hotter than 74 degrees.

I make very good use out of my 2 ceiling fans. :) Besides I work most of the day so its really only sat or sunday afternoons where I might get a tad hot.

kaysmommie
11-02-2006, 03:19 AM
I live in East Tennessee and keep the heat at 70. I Still feel chilly at that temperature. I would have it up to 73 but DH will have a cow. :goodvibes

mickeyfan2
11-02-2006, 05:28 AM
During the day we keep the house at 70. It goes to 67 during the night and back to 70 before we wake up.

ameraumi
11-02-2006, 06:04 AM
Daytime temp: 68
Nighttime temp: 65

Since we have gas heat, I do keep it lower. If it gets chilly in a room, I turn on a space heater for a little bit.

golden1
11-02-2006, 06:09 AM
We live near Boston and keep the heat at 62 at night and 65-68 during the day.

THE HAT
11-02-2006, 06:32 AM
oil costs to much these days, and we all have plenty of sweaters, and blankets around. during the night we have the (our home is multi-levels) downstairs on 58, and the upstairs on 60. it will stay that way until around 10am when i will put it up to 64 on each level. if it is a very cold late afternoon i MIGHT put them up to 68 (we are talking cloudy windy cold Jan. day). we can't sleep with it any warmer, the air gets to dry. we also have llbean down comforters, electric blankets, and flannel sheets on the beds, lol. a lot of evenings dh will put a fire in the fireplace and that puts a nice warmth through the house.( a glass of wine doesn't hurt either, lol)

FINFAN
11-02-2006, 06:34 AM
Chicagoland here...62 daytime and 58-60 nighttime...yes we are freezing... we wear layers, have used a heating pad to pre warm the bed...learned we could survive having it as low as 56 when DH was out of work over a winter...so now we are always cautious and try to save everywhere we can...as long as it doesn't cost us a medical bill! ;)


Pam

mrsltg
11-02-2006, 07:02 AM
Most of you will shiver when you read this - 64. Day/night - always 64. We also keep windows open a crack in various places and sleep with the ceiling fan on!

macfamily
11-02-2006, 07:03 AM
We're in Maine, and when we're home I keep the thermostat at about 68; when leaving for work/vacation/visiting it goes down to 60. I REFUSE to turn the heat above 68 :teeth:

StitchandPooh'sMom
11-02-2006, 07:10 AM
In NC here, and I am home most of the day with DD3. We keep the heat on 72 (kids always kick off the blankets and get cold). We keep the AC on 76. I try to keep the electric bill under $200 a month, but we usually go over that in the summer - so hot and humid here then!

lisabarr
11-02-2006, 07:29 AM
Tampa, FL. here.
I try not to use the heat at all in the winter, but DH is from England and seems to get cold easily and will sneak it on when I'm not looking "just to take the chill off" :confused3
We enjoy lower bills in the winter but in the summer we keep the A/C at 78-79 and in August I had a $479 electric bill :rotfl2:

svalencia1
11-02-2006, 07:31 AM
Hey! :wave2: I think you and I chatted on the "people doing demos" thread also!
That's cool you have family in JC also! And Abilene!! Thats's where my step-daughter and her husband live!!! And I was in OP over the weekend seeing one of my sisters!!

It really IS a small world! ;)


:offtopic: Yep, I did! I think I finally got a hold of someone who can help me with that! Yeah! I wonder if our families know each other. Indeed it is a small world.

3DisneyBuggs
11-02-2006, 08:24 AM
We have the battle of the thermostat here. In the winter he tries to have it a toasty 72. I hate a hot, stuffy house so I lower it to 67. At night I like to sleep a little chilly so I lower it more, 65. We have a programmable one that needs to be installed. DH thinks it's really complicated to do so he hasn;t even tried.

luvsmickeymouse
11-02-2006, 08:31 AM
I keep mine set at 65. I have the woodstove going most of the time, so the heat doesn't come on much and its always above 70 in the house. I let the fire go out during the night so its a little cooler for sleeping.

pilgrimage
11-02-2006, 08:36 AM
67-68 winter day time; 65 at night;
summer 78 to save electricity.

alicenwonder99
11-02-2006, 08:36 AM
We are from Indiana, so we get cold here in our part of the midwest also! I try to keep it around 69 or 70 degrees! Some people would say this is too cold, but I think it is fine. I like to use lots of blankets in the winter! Another way to save money besides turning the temp down is to get a programmable thermostat. We got one right before winter last year, and I think it does help to keep costs down also!!! :)

Holy Cow!!! Too cold?? Are you sure your thermostat is working properly? I can't see how anyone can keep their house that stifling hot?!

We keep ours at around 62 during the day, and around 58-60 at night. The upstairs gets way too hot when the heat is on, so that's why it goes down much more at night.

BTW, it's COOOOOLD this morning...in the 30's today. brrrrrr....

Mary

edited: Ok, I just read some more responses. I guess alot of people like to keep it hot in their homes. I guess I just can't stand it too hot. And I'm someone who is always cold, but not in my house...lol. Maybe because I'm always moving. lol.

mlwear
11-02-2006, 08:38 AM
In Virginia and ours stays around 72. I still get so cold. Last Chrirstmas DH got me an electric throw blanket. I love it.
Years ago we lived in Upstate NY. We kept our temp set at 65 there. I could tolerate being cold more than paying outrageous heating bills.

jennifer293
11-02-2006, 09:43 AM
I stay so cold that I even have an electric blanket in the car that plugs in the cigarette lighter!! :rotfl2:

Mckenzie's mom
11-02-2006, 09:43 AM
We live in KY. I keep it set at 67.

Stein
11-02-2006, 09:44 AM
We are fortunate to have a new house with good insulation, live in a portion of the country that doesn't get below 25 degrees and have moderate heating costs.

We recently adjusted the thermostat to 68 from 70. This thread reminded me to program the thermostat to let it drop further at night. Our daughter is now able to sleep under blankets all night, so that should save a few bucks.

We heat with natural gas and our last bill was $55 and I expect it to rise again, but shouldn't go over $100 a month. We use gas for heating, hot water, fireplace, clothes dryer and cooking.

I feel sorry for those who are saddled with $400 bills, I think we would have a 55 gallon barrel fire in the living room if we recieved a $400 bill.

disneynewbee
11-02-2006, 11:33 AM
Wow no wonder my propane bill is through the roof. During the winter we keep it between 70 and 73 and I'm still freezing my butt off.

MEM
11-02-2006, 12:19 PM
We set it from 55-58 at night, 60 when no one is home and 64 when we are home. We also have a wood-coal stove that DH keeps running in the depth of Winter. I even keep my office set at 66 - don't like it hot.

princesslibby
11-02-2006, 01:35 PM
We like to keep it around 62-65 at night. During the day,if we're home, 65-68. My boys like to snuggle with blankets so they are always toasty.

:offtopic: Alert!

Now Sing "It's a small world after all" with me.

I have family in Junction City too! Also in Abilene and Wamego. I'm in the city though (Overland Park).

I used to live in Manhattan. My DH graduated from KSU. Go Wildcats! :cheer2: Got married and moved to Topeka then to Wamego. Now we live In TN. I miss Kansas but it's warmer here. :sunny:

All right stop singing now.

Schachteles
11-02-2006, 01:52 PM
We keep ours at 68 when we are home and then it is like 60 when we are gone...sometimes on the nights or weekends that we are home I might bump it up a few degrees or turn on the fireplace.

ldb1030
11-02-2006, 02:06 PM
We like to keep it around 62-65 at night. During the day,if we're home, 65-68. My boys like to snuggle with blankets so they are always toasty.

:offtopic: Alert!

Now Sing "It's a small world after all" with me.



I used to live in Manhattan. My DH graduated from KSU. Go Wildcats! :cheer2: Got married and moved to Topeka then to Wamego. Now we live In TN. I miss Kansas but it's warmer here. :sunny:

All right stop singing now.


GO WILDCATS!!! paw: paw:

I'm still singing................ :music:

mill4023
11-02-2006, 03:03 PM
Holy Cow!!! Too cold?? Are you sure your thermostat is working properly? I can't see how anyone can keep their house that stifling hot?!

We keep ours at around 62 during the day, and around 58-60 at night. The upstairs gets way too hot when the heat is on, so that's why it goes down much more at night.

BTW, it's COOOOOLD this morning...in the 30's today. brrrrrr....

Mary

edited: Ok, I just read some more responses. I guess alot of people like to keep it hot in their homes. I guess I just can't stand it too hot. And I'm someone who is always cold, but not in my house...lol. Maybe because I'm always moving. lol.
Perhaps it is your thermostat that is broken.

Regardless of what temp people keep their homes at, I don't think many people would call 70 degrees "stifling hot". Think of the last time the high temp in your city was 70. Was anyone going around complaining about how hot it was? I think not. Not unless you live in Siberia.

I like the house to be cooler than DW. In the summer, we had constant thermostat battles. She kept moving it up to 76 or 77 and I kept moving it down to 72. Eventually, we compromised at 74.

So far, it hasn't been super cold in N.C. yet. The heat has only been on a few times and we've been keeping the thermostat set to 68 or 70. Most days, we've just been turning the gas fireplace and ceiling fan on for an hour or so in the morning after a chilly night.

katerkat
11-02-2006, 04:53 PM
:blush: We keep it at 72-73. I like it toasty warm. The bedrooms are actually warmer, probably around 74-75, because of the bad heat distribution in the house. But we don't pay for electricity, so that's why all my lights are on. ;)

When my husband turns the humidfier on hot instead of cool mist, our bedroom is a sauna.

jillyjoey
11-02-2006, 05:38 PM
I'm in Kansas. Ours is at 65 during the day, and 58 from 9pm until 6:45 am. Everyone has several bankets, so it's not problem at night, and we have tons of "family" blankets in the living room for during the day if people get a chill.



Ditto here-- we're in Tennessee and use natural gas for heat. This is my schedule exactly but set nighttime at 58 from 10:15 to 5:00 (when I get up). Programmable thermostats & blankets have really helped. I had no sticker shock last year with the gas bills --

Daydreamer64
11-02-2006, 06:29 PM
66 year round- sometimes we even turn the heat off and have a family bed -all night sleep in.. rent spooky movies :happytv: and eat popcorn in bed popcorn:: - yes the kids :dance3: get it every where but life is short :hourglass so who cares- the sheets will wash! :crazy: Baby gets Mommy milk and baby snack cereal- 6 teeth is not enough to get popcorn yet :teacher: !

crzykid
11-02-2006, 06:45 PM
I live in Chicago burbs close to Wisconsin. Just bought a townhouse and now have to pay a gas bill. I set the thermostat on 68 but it NEVER stays thay way. My boyfriend works second shift so by the time I get home it is on 75 way to damn hot. I think I need to invest in a lock for the thermostat but I seriously dont think that will stop him. He likes it to be hot where I just grab a blanket. Cant wait till we get our next gas bill and then maybe he will not turn it that high. No...... I dont think that will make a difference.

snels
11-03-2006, 04:28 AM
Hi,
We are far north in Wisconsin. Last year, because of high natural gas prices, we kept the thermostat at 65 during the day, and around 60 at night when asleep.

We have decided that 65 is alittle too cool. I think we will keep the temp around 67 during the day, and 60 when under the covers.

bettyann29
11-03-2006, 04:47 AM
right now I have the heat and ac turned off.. but I live in Texas.. I normally love it toasty but trying to wait before I turn on heat this year to save on bills..