Thursday, January 7, 2010

Question: Thermostat Settings

It's this sort of thing that I keep you all around for!
Reader poll: At what temperature do you set your thermostat in the winter?

Our last heating bill was depressing, and with the week we've had so far, I'm banking on next month's being even worse. We turned our heat down a bit and swapped the extra degrees for a few extra layers on everyone. We were keeping the temperature at 68-69, but we've been adapting to 65-66 lately (lower at night). The kids aren't complaining, so I have to wonder if I'm spoiled or if it really is too chilly! I always hear that room temperature is 72 degrees, but is that really normal in the winter?

12 comments:

Jessica said...

When we are using the gas furnace, it's usually set around 68-70 during the day and 66-68 at night. When our wood furnace is going we are much more comfortable at 74! It's been really nice on these cold winter days!

Tina said...

Our bills have been a little depressing too - but I stand firm - we set our thermostat on 70!
Crazy, right? The money saving - thrifty person I would like to think I am. BUT - I would like to argue that the extra laundry from the layers would take up alot of the electricity I just saved - - yada yada ......
I tried 68 last winter at the local rate-hike - while I was pregnant and hot all the time, but now with two children - one of which is still under a year - I like our house warm enough that I do not worry about their little fingers and toes being cold.

Sorry I am really spoiled too! I say turn it back up and hmmmmm.... make up the extra money in some other way, I always re-evaluate our bills the first of every year to cut some $$

Mindy said...

We have propane and keep the heat at 74-76. I think I'm really spoiled because sometimes I complain it's too hot!

Ashley said...

We keep ours at 71 during the day and 70 at night. I'm always freezing during the day, so we wear extra layers for sure!!!

My So Called Life said...

We have 10 foot ceiling which I think causes it to be colder in the house. I keep ours set at 70 because any lower and Lucas's hands are cold.

Our electric bill was $219.00 with propane heat if that helps make you feel any better. I was complaing to the hubby about this and he told me some friends were $400. So I guess I should be thankful. I hope you find a happy medium for your house.

Mrs. Haid said...

I think spoiiled is 78 degrees in the winter, which is what I prefer!

However, we are usually 70-72 all day and night. Plus, I keep a space heater in Daniel's room going when he is in that room because I think he had been waking because of cold. I hate feeling his cheeks or fingers and noting they are cold.

Would you keep it that cold in your house without a fireplace or space heater? And with babies or crawlers? Just wondering.

I really thought we were cutting back having the heat at 70! I guess we have a better electric company than you do... ?

Nel said...

Our heaters are natural gas and fire looking things in them... so no exact temp! But the big heater in the living room is at 3.5 or 4 on a scale of 1-10 and the kitchen is at 2 all the time during the cold winter months and we have a space heater in the bathroom!

I really would like to know the exact temp... maybe I will bring in our outside thermostat :)

Kelley said...

When we lived in 900 square feet, we always left the temp around 72, and that's when we had babies and hardwood. I've always been told to dress similarly to how I have the baby dressed so that I'm able to notice the temperature similarly to him. And then watch for the veins on legs as a sure sign they need an extra degree or two!

Thanks for all the comparisons so far!

Mrs. Haid said...

Wow. Okay... I checked our thermostat and it was at 74 and had been there for the last five days, according to Dan. And then I checked our latest AmerenUE bill, and it was 117, which is high for us. Which is nothing compared to STJ, right? Yuck!

Marie said...

We don't have a thermostat here. When it is cold we turn the heat on and the rest of the time it is off. It comes on automatically for about 2 hours in the morning and then for a few hours in the evening, although with the cold snap we have been having we have turned it on a bit more! xxoo

Tina said...

117 for all your electric? or is that gas?
Geez ours was only 258 this month but I did the math for electric next month and it should be close to 470.... but that is all our electric (and our heat is electric)

Jessica said...

Just wanted to let all the mommies who are worried about their babies with cold fingers and toes. Even though we may not like it when they feel cold, that really isn't an indication of them being cold. What matters most is having their torso warm, that's why I'm a huge fan of onesies until about 18 months or so. I'm having a really hard time finding outfits for Isabel this year that come with a onesie. Most of the styles this season seem to be 2 piece and I don't like that, so I'm layering now. A short sleeve onesie underneath the long sleeve tops.