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Old 10-07-2005, 09:57 AM   #21
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I'm thinking about trying to keep the heat turned down this winter too, and just trying to dress a bit warmer. I might try to do a little insulating, too. Guess I'd better call the oil company too, to see what kind of rate I'm going to lock into for the winter. I'm almost afraid to, though!
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Old 10-07-2005, 10:46 AM   #22
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Nope, I'm Canadian so we like it cold in the house. The thermostat is set at 60. If I feel a bit chilly I'll let it run for 10 minutes to warm up the house a few degrees and then it's back down to 60
course what she isn't telling you is that 60 degrees in Canada is really 140 degrees F

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Has anyone here tried the new programable thermostats? They say they help a lot but I'm not sure it would in my case since we always turn down the heat at night and when we're not home.
The programmable thermostat remembers even if you forget, and it can do it many times per day. *Depending on your interest in fiddling with it, it could pay for itself in a couple months.

We used to use a programmable thermostat on the Mainland. *Buy one with a battery backup (power outages) and it's a no-brainer. *You can have it heat the house a few degrees in the morning before you crawl out from under the electric blanket and turn it back down when you're out of the house. *It can have the house warming up for you when you come back home and it's one less thing to deal with.

I try to automate as many home chores as possible. *A neighbor enjoys his "zen" of watering his grass every few days with a hose, but I'd rather let the sprinkler timer take care of that while I'm surfing. *Now if I could just get the trees & hedge to trim themselves...
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Old 10-07-2005, 11:01 AM   #24
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We have an electronic thermostat with timer. I love it. No more twice daily trips to the thermostat to change the temperature setting. In the winter, we have it set cooler at night, and then it warms up as we are waking up. I figure it might save us $10-20 per month at the most.
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Old 10-07-2005, 11:14 AM   #25
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We moved into our new home last January. The natural gas heating bills for Feb. and March averaged $160 (1800 sq. ft. one level house). Since then I have had additional insulation put in the attic, installed a storm door and put up window blinds and low emissivity film on the windows. We have a programmable thermostat which sets back at night to 60 but we are retired and home most of the day so the heat stays set at 70 during the day. I'm hoping these measures will somewhat offset the expected whopping increase in natural gas prices.

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Old 10-07-2005, 11:23 AM   #26
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We have a programmable thermostat and set it to switch down to 55 degrees at 11:30pm and come back up to 65 at 6:30am. The neat thing is we didn't even notice the lower temp at night.

The power bill dropped quite a bit.

EDIT - that was last winter. So far here in Sunny CA it hasn't gotten too cold yet.
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Old 10-07-2005, 11:29 AM   #27
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My house in NYC is not well insulated and due to the extreme cold last winter, my natural gas total just for the 3 coldest months was over $1300. That's last years prices. I just hope that it is not a very cold winter. I didn't raise the rent for my tenant, so I will have to convince him to wear sweaters and warm socks during the evening and morning hours. It will be rough on me because for the 1st time, I will be at home and not at work during the day. I guess i'll be wearing my winter jacket and keep the thermostat at 63.

Life this winter will not be a beach. I can't wait to sell the house.
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We have mostly purchased older houses w/ radiator heat, so we can't really use a programable thermostat.
Why? I have radiator heat and I use a honeywell programable thermostat. It works pretty well.

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We have a programmable thermostat and set it to switch down to 55 degrees at 11:30pm and come back up to 65 at 6:30am. The neat thing is we didn't even notice the lower temp at night.
I had it set to 60 at night but my tenant who is really nice, gently complained that it was too cold when he had to get out of bed in the middle of the night so I set it to 63. My thermostat is on the 2nd floor so I think the 1st floor might get a tod colder just before the heat kicks in.
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We have a programmable thermostat and set it to switch down to 55 degrees at 11:30pm and come back up to 65 at 6:30am.* The neat thing is we didn't even notice the lower temp at night.* *
I can assure you that my wife sure notices when the temp goes down overnight. As soon as her warm tail hits that cold seat....

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Hey, somebody has to heat it up before you sit on it.
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There must be heated toilet seats on the market, else nature opportunity calls....
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There must be heated toilet seats on the market, else nature opportunity calls....
You are correct. Japan is the place to go for fancy toilet seat gadgets. Heat, massage, remote control, radios, wind, and the list goes on. Why? Don't ask me!
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You are correct. Japan is the place to go for fancy toilet seat gadgets. Heat, massage, remote control, radios, wind, and the list goes on. Why? Don't ask me!
Wow! I'm going in the wrong place!
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Damn, and Ron Popeil just retired... *:P

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I think Jim Cramer has already claimed the "throne"...
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Old 10-07-2005, 07:05 PM   #37
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We're in a 2300 sq ft 2-story in Wisconsin and haven't cracked $200 yet but I'm figuring this winter we will.

We're pretty well insulated and use auxilary wood heat which helps a bit.

We recently set up budget billing (so I won't actually crack $200) and we'll pay $150 per month. Our previous 12 months averaged out at $121 but with the increases I told the utility co. to take $150 per month. I don't want to be surprised with a huge "you owe us" bill next yr.

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course what she isn't telling you is that 60 degrees in Canada is really 140 degrees F* *

If you keep that up, they may actually believe you! I haven't met an American yet that can convert F to C off the top of their head.
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Old 10-07-2005, 07:35 PM   #39
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If you keep that up, they may actually believe you!* ** I haven't met an American yet that can convert F to C off the top of their head.
When I was a younger man, I could convert from F to C in a heartbeat.
Oh, I see we're talking temp. conversion

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So let me ask this, as I sit here in San Diego not understanding what y'all are talking about; what about those parabolic electric heaters? If heating oil is so expensive, buy a couple of those and just use as needed! Maybe this never lived anywhere where the lows get below 50 guy is oversimplifying things, but is there no alternative?
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