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post #1 of 34 Old 12-01-2008, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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what temp to keep the house in the winter????

What is the best temp to keep the house at in the winter? We purchased a programmable thermostat (which I love) and my boyfriend and I have been fighting over what temp to keep it, he wants the temp higher but im trying to save money...

From 6am to 4:15pm (we are at work) it is at 62 degrees F
4:15pm to 9:30pm 68 degrees
9:30 PM to 4:45am 62 degrees
4:45am to 6am 66 degrees (wake-up ready for work)

Im just not sure what the best temp it is too keep it at to get the best savings. I am freezing in anything lower then like 74 degrees (seriously no lie) so I just wear extra clothes and use my blankets. I am really starting to hate winter... I just have a hard time handling the cold, Im really living in the wrong place...lol

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If you're out of the house or asleep, turn the heating off all together. 62 degrees F is 17 degrees C - there's no need to maintain the house at that temperature while you're not in it, or while you're tucked up under a duvet.

I generally advocate keeping a house at around 20-21 degC (68-70degF) when occupied, but to save money would go down to 18 degC (66 degF).

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I don't even know what temp is my house but it really does seem to be warm when I come from outside .

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When we were heating with fuel oil, we kept the temp. at 68 degrees downstairs and 65 upstairs. If we went away for an extended time we'd turn the downstairs down a few degrees.

But now that we have an outdoor wood burner we can keep it as warm as we want! I'd like it at 72, but my husband would rather keep it at 68 so we compromise at 70. We keep the upstairs between 65 and 68 because we like it cooler for sleeping. I'm the same way, though, I'm still always cold and wrapped up in a blanket!

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I think about 70, 72 is good.

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If you're out of the house or asleep, turn the heating off all together. 62 degrees F is 17 degrees C - there's no need to maintain the house at that temperature while you're not in it, or while you're tucked up under a duvet.

I generally advocate keeping a house at around 20-21 degC (68-70degF) when occupied, but to save money would go down to 18 degC (66 degF).
we cant turn the heat off all together otherwise it would freeze over extended periods... last night it was 14 degrees F out and a bit breezy. Freezing would equal bursting water pipes and an all around mess. Thanks for your input though!!!

3 neighs- totally JEALOUS!!!!! lol growing up we had a wood furnace and I would have it steaming...lol. Now were we live it is gas.


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If you can't turn it off completely, turn it down to something like 12-14 deg C (54-58 degF). That'll prevent freezing and waste less heat.

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I like to keep the house somewhere around 65. Sometimes we bump it up in the evening so we aren't freezing. I love sleeping in a cold house though.

We have an electric heat pump and then a huge wood burning stove.

In the living room/kitchen areas it's always warmer with the stove...about 70ish then the bedrooms stay about 62-65.

I think what you are doing already is about all you can do... Sorry.
Any colder and I wouldn't trust the pipes to not freeze.

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Let the heat come in this wintry snow!

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I assume you have some insurance on the house and if you do, you cannot claim damages if the heat is turned off and the pipes freeze.
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