lol my dads medthod for many years:
leave the temperature on 60 degrees and if your cold either:
wear layers of clothes
carry around a 5 pound blanket
set candles around you
My Dad's method too!!! Got him and my mom the Snuggie blanket - they like it better than wearing their coats indoors :-)
Wow, does the set candles thing actually work?
no joke! We leave blankets around the house. I'm not stingy about turning up the heat, and if somebody requests it i'll comply, but having a couple of blankets on each couch has really limited the number of requests....saves lots of $$
Not a bad idea. I grew up in Canada and spent many mornings eating my cereal over the hot air vent. Since becoming a home owner, I have had an energy audit. My first audit indicated that I had the equivalent of a 4 by 5 foot hole in my wall. A few months and a few cans of caulk and expanding foam later my heating bills were reduced by 30%.
Aha...Its sounds very funny..Even this is my mum method also!!!
large oven trays
Fortunately, I don't get cold and I wear shorts and t-shirts in the winter. I have seen bars have Snuggie Crawls. That's where a bunch of people all were Snuggies and go from bar to bar.
We heat almost entirely by firewood in the high desert of AZ. Which, incidentally, is $20 a cord at the local lumberyard (small logs and splits).
I also like the cat idea, .
We have window kits up on the windows and use draft stops by the doors.
Our main heat is a firebox in the fireplace, with a blower. The furnace doesn't go on much.
Since I have bone tumors now we keep a few electric blankets around for me.
I found a top floor apartment. (That took a little work )
I don't put my furnace over 60 period.
Be well, h.a.
I cut my own firewood so it's free for me. Besides, an open fire is great to stare into when there's nothing on TV.
I inadvertantly created another heat source today...
I was baking with the kids this afternoon when I thought it seemed smoky. Apparently a blueberry muffin exploded and the oven was in flames. We put it out with a fire extinquisher, but there sure was a look of shock on hubbys face when he got home 10 minutes after that. He says the stove will be ok.
What a day!
Oh yes, hubby works on cars alot, I am always checking the quantity of those every spring! I have learned !
Here's hoping you never need to <cheers> Holly
Engage in frequent and heavy sexual activity and use blankets after you are finished.
Yup. Leave at 60 and wear warm clothing. I read you can lose an extra 60 calories per hour because your body spends more energy trying to stay warm.
I find myself cooking a lot more- I love opening the oven to a rush of heat. I keep the heating to below 20 degrees and wrap up with a super warm blanket after that!
I got this one - turn off the heat and sleep with two Great Danes. Works for me!
We use a programmable thermostat that allows us to set the heat down during the day when we're not at home, and again after 10pm when we're crawling into bed.
I also always leave the oven door open a crack after baking anything, and if you like candles they actually do contribute to the heat quite a bit. We ran out of oil once last winter on a frigid night, and my wife and I lit a bunch of tea lights on the dressers and we got the room up to 69 degress before blowing them all out before bed. When we woke up it was 64, a little chilly, but far better than it could have been.
I must do a weird one as its not mentioned yet
After a nice hot bath we do not allow all the heat to go down the drain, we leave the stopper in and allow the heat in the water to radiate out, like a heat sink.
We then use the bath water to flush the toilet, don't get blockages when we use a bucket to chuck water in there. Save a dash on heating, save a dash on water
We do not have the heating on automatically either, we turn it on for say 15 mins, to heat up the radiators. This is when a wooly hat, jumper and snugly pair of slippers isn't enough, oh and as much coffee or tea as we like A good hot cuppa is the best.
If you are in the UK, I know a man who says that he can dramatically reduce not only your heating bills but also your phone and electric bills. Get in touch with me and I'll pass your details on. He couldn't reduce mine because I don't put my heating on!!
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