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Old 05-11-2020, 10:17 AM   #21
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Heat: 68 daytime, 62 night (used to put it at 58 at night, but that was starting to feel too cool)
AC: 75, but we use it only if daytime temp over 80-85 for several days, as we usually cool down well at night and leave windows open to cool the house then. Maybe 30 days a year if even that.
Otherwise the furnace/AC is off from about May to September.
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Old 05-11-2020, 10:57 AM   #22
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We're in North Texas and have 4 HVAC systems. One of those is for a detached living area, which we hold at 49 in the winter and 90 in the summer unless we have guests staying there. That system gets very little use.

For the main house, all 3 systems are currently off as we're in the mild season when indoor temps stay around 70-75, which is quite comfortable. They usually stay off for most of April-May and Oct-Nov. We run ceiling fans to keep air moving.

In winter, we run the gas heaters at 70-71, except upstairs which stays at 55 unless we have guests. Natural gas is very cheap here, so energy costs in winter are quite reasonable.

Summers are brutal here. We run the ACs at 77-78, with upstairs at 85 unless we have guests. We run the master bedroom about 76 at night during the summer, which is more comfortable for sleeping.
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Old 05-11-2020, 11:02 AM   #23
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The same question was asked a couple of years ago, so here's a link to that thread:

https://www.early-retirement.org/for...ure-94525.html
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Old 05-11-2020, 11:09 AM   #24
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I set my thermostat for comfort, since I think that's a good way to Blow That Dough now that I am growing older. It doesn't matter to me if it is winter or summer.

Usually my thermostat is set at around 72F, but can be anywhere between about 70-74 depending on what seems comfortable at that moment. Recall that I am a woman living alone, and so I can indulge in any/all of my desires to fiddle with the thermostat and nobody can stop me.

My average monthly electric (A/C) bill in 2019 was $65. My average monthly natural gas (heat) bill in 2019 was $36.

OK, no Lamborghini for me but I enjoy my little luxuries...
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Old 05-11-2020, 11:27 AM   #25
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We set the heating at 75 for the Winter and cooling to around 75 other times of the year. Our comfort point doesn't change with the seasons. In the lower, sleeping zone the heat is set at 68 but rarely comes on. We have large South facing windows. During the middle of a sunny Winter day here outside Chicago, there is so much solar gain that we have to open windows to cool below 80 degrees.

The expensive part is when I turn on the electric heater to work in the garage.
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We are in N Texas, our heat is set at 64, our cooling set at 77.
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Default setting is 70 for heat. Heat kicks down to 63 at night.
Default for A/C is 80 by day and 70 at night.
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Old 05-11-2020, 12:14 PM   #28
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Heat 68 day 66 night

AC. 74 day 73 night
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Old 05-11-2020, 12:20 PM   #29
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68 heat, 77 cool.
Exact same thing here. The unit on the sunporch is set at 66 for heating.
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Winter (and today) Heat is 70 day and 62 night.

Summer (when it arrives) Cool is 72-74 from 11 pm to 7am when electricity rates are lowest. If it is crazy hot and humid then I turn it on after 5 pm when initial drop to off-peak price occurs.
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Last used heat in January of 2015.

I have 2 AC units, neither work, and have never turned on AC in a house I owned.
I use a fan maybe 10 days in the summer.

I have no idea if the thermostat works or not.
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Old 05-11-2020, 01:12 PM   #32
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Northeast here in a single-zone Cape Cod style.

67 heat / no cool. (Two window AC's for summer but have not used for 6 seasons.)

We heat above 60 from 4 to 10 pm weekdays. Heat drops to 60 10pm to 7am.

Working from home before ER, just dealt with the 60 or put on a hoodie.
When the wife retires in December this will get interesting.
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68 for heat.
77 for cool in the daytime, 76 for cool at night.
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67 Heat (Dec - Feb)
Under 45 degrees outside = Comforter

74 A/C (Mid May - Mid Sept.)
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Neither runs much in Spring or Fall. We haven't run either much lately, sleeping comfortably with the windows open every night for several nights in a row - it's loverly.
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Old 05-11-2020, 03:31 PM   #36
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Old 05-11-2020, 03:34 PM   #37
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But I treat myself every now and then.
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Old 05-11-2020, 03:45 PM   #38
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Random observation: I have a digital temperature monitor, and I keep walking by it and seeing "66.6" over and over. I wonder if it's possessed.
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68 heat. 73 or 74 cooling, depending on humidity.
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