Save money on your heating bill

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  1. Wonder_Woman profile image59
    Wonder_Womanposted 14 years ago

    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

    1. Chloe Comfort profile image61
      Chloe Comfortposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      My Dad's method too!!! Got him and my mom the Snuggie blanket - they like it better than wearing their coats indoors :-)

      1. Wonder_Woman profile image59
        Wonder_Womanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        OMG THATS THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS IDEA! i never really thought about it, but it would be a great joke and hed probably use it. if it came with a bears logo it'd be perfect

    2. Ben Zoltak profile image80
      Ben Zoltakposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, does the set candles thing actually work?

    3. THFplumbers profile image59
      THFplumbersposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      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 $$

    4. june of ages profile image59
      june of agesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      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%.

    5. profile image50
      jainscottposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Aha...Its sounds very funny..Even this is my mum method also!!!

      large oven trays

  2. profile image0
    bloodnlatexposted 14 years ago

    Drinking rum will keep you nice and toasty all winter long

  3. Wonder_Woman profile image59
    Wonder_Womanposted 14 years ago

    and use cats for foot warmers smile

  4. profile image0
    bloodnlatexposted 14 years ago

    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.

  5. greanearth83 profile image41
    greanearth83posted 14 years ago

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  6. profile image0
    Leta Sposted 14 years ago

    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, smile.

  7. h.a.borcich profile image60
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    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.

  8. wyanjen profile image71
    wyanjenposted 14 years ago

    I found a top floor apartment. (That took a little work lol)

    I don't put my furnace over 60 period.

    Be well, h.a.

  9. Randy Godwin profile image59
    Randy Godwinposted 14 years ago

    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.

  10. h.a.borcich profile image60
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    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!

    1. wyanjen profile image71
      wyanjenposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I've gotten to the point of grabbing my fire extinguisher before, but I've never had to fire it off.

      Of course since I jinxed myself by saying that, my next frozen pizza will explode.

      At least you had one nearby. smile

  11. h.a.borcich profile image60
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    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

  12. Ben Zoltak profile image80
    Ben Zoltakposted 14 years ago

    I like it, we're doing the blanket thing now, good idea!

  13. wsp2469 profile image61
    wsp2469posted 14 years ago

    Engage in frequent and heavy sexual activity and use blankets after you are finished.

  14. Ben Zoltak profile image80
    Ben Zoltakposted 14 years ago


  15. worldlifesite profile image60
    worldlifesiteposted 14 years ago

    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.

  16. Save a Quid profile image59
    Save a Quidposted 14 years ago

    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!

  17. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 14 years ago

    I got this one - turn off the heat and sleep with two Great Danes. Works for me!

  18. profile image55
    earlymaineposted 14 years ago

    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.

  19. kirstenblog profile image79
    kirstenblogposted 14 years ago

    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 smile

    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 big_smile A good hot cuppa is the best.

  20. hellomoo profile image62
    hellomooposted 14 years ago

    Keep heating low at 60 and use a snuggly

  21. Save a Quid profile image59
    Save a Quidposted 14 years ago

    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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