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%.
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.
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!!