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Old 10-06-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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Heat on yet?

Just wondering. How cold does it have to get before you put your heat on? The high today is suppose to be 58 today. Down in the low 40's this evening. It is 61 in the house right. I am quite chilly but am trying to hold off as long as I can to keep my bill lower. My entire house is electric.

I've gone as far as to look around to see if any of my neighbors have smoke coming from their chimneys which would indicate they have their heat on. So far no evidence. Ah heck, I'm cold I will put it on this evening and just pay the bill as it comes in. Just wondering. Who else is putting their heat on or have you already?
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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Yep. Turned it on yesterday. Now I would keep it off but dh was COLD....
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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I can't fathom it..I am in the southwest and was just celebrating the fact that we are only supposed to get up to 91 today and I was able to open doors/windows this morning because the lows are finally below 80 overnight.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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Our heat has been on for the last few weeks. That doesn't mean it runs all the time, but if it gets below 68 in the house, it will kick on.

Since we now have highs in the upper 40's during the day and low 30's at night, it kicks on a lot more frequently.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:48 PM   #5
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Our heat has been on for the last few weeks. That doesn't mean it runs all the time, but if it gets below 68 in the house, it will kick on.

LOL-- I am still running my air conditioning set at 60, no way ready for heat yet!
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:52 PM   #6
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We try not to turn ours on until november- and I'm in upstate NY!!!

I HATE paying bills (not that I don't or can't, I just hate doing it!) so I always take the cheap way out. That's almost 200 dollars a month I save by not using heat/central air so I go as long as possible to turn them on and turn them off as early as possible (Usually late march or early april for heat).

We use several feather blankets until the heat goes on
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:05 PM   #7
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Still in the 90's around here.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:07 PM   #8
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LOL-- I am still running my air conditioning set at 60, no way ready for heat yet!
Residential AC's are not designed to cool a dwelling down to that temperature.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:20 PM   #9
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LOL-- I am still running my air conditioning set at 60, no way ready for heat yet!
No way would I set my a/c at 60, so we're even.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:24 PM   #10
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I turned our furnace on for the first time this morning. Well, DH turned it on a few weeks ago to make sure it would work, as we didn't want any surprises with it not wanting to come on when we needed it...like this morning. It was in the 30's this morning so was pretty chilly in here.

Actually we've been running the electric heat in the family room and office for awhile. I turn it on in the morning for a couple of hours, turn it off for the rest of the day, then if we're home watching TV or a movie I'll turn it on for the evening as well.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:20 PM   #11
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Haven't shut off the AC yet. It was 100 on Tuesday. Cooling down, only supposed to be 78 today and about that for the next week. Waiting until it drops to about 70 before I start opening up the house. In a normal year.....which we haven't had in about 10 years......we can go from early October to just after Thanksgiving without any AC or Heat. Last 10 years we haven't had Spring or Fall, often went from running AC to Heat and back to AC again, can't remember that last time we had more than a day or two when it was nice enough to open up the house. But the coldest it normally gets here in winter is about 32.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:59 PM   #12
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I have not turned on the heat yet. I just added a second blanket to the bed plus have been a little bit more bundled up while at home. It is just to early to turn it on here.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:35 PM   #13
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Our system is fully automatic (switches automatically based on temperature) so I don't know for sure, but unlikely down here yet
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:29 PM   #14
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We never actually turn it off since we don't have central air. We just turn the temp way down. I think it is set at 60 now.

It is currently 43 outside, I think the high today was 50. The windows were open all day. My wife just closed windows not too long ago and I just opened the door. It's getting hot in here. The thermostat in the hall reads 70, but as soon as you break the plane of walking into the living room, which is 3 feet from the thermostat, it feels about 5 degrees warmer.

It was getting quite chilly in the house by morning a few weeks ago because the AC unit was still in the window. Now that it is out and the window is sealed, the 3 year project of pulling siding off, reinsulating and resheathing, and stripping all the paint off the cedar (which is why it was a 3 year project) is really paying off now. We would have had the heat turned up a few weeks ago by now, but with the new insulation, it isn't needed yet.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:34 AM   #15
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Been getting high 20's to low 40's here at night. Have had the heat on a few times, but not much. I like sleeping in a cool house at night.
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