NWR: Your thermostat setting

My husband wants it to be freezing in the house all the time. He's always hot, I'm always cold. We usually leave the thermostat set at 68 degrees, which is our compromise temp. Twice in the last week I have been freezing in the house and looked at the thermostat and he had changed it to 64 degrees. Is it just me or is that crazy?


What temperature do you keep your thermostat at when you are at home?

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:42 am
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So sorry Laura! My hubby use to leave the thermostat on 64 or not even turn it on period thinking he was keeping the bill down before I moved in and he is always hot too. Once it was so cold in the house there were ice cubes in the toilet! True story!!!! Once I moved in and looked at the bill, I realized it was always so high because he was running electric heaters. He thought if he did it his way, he would keep the bill down. Now we keep it on 68 or 70, but to keep me happy, mostly seventy. The house holds heat well and the bill is nowhere as high as it was before he married the wifey!

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:45 am
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We have our house at 60 when no one is home and when we sleep. When we get home I bump it to 65, on really cold days I splurge a bit and bump to 67. I think you're lucky Laura! 


I can typically be found lounging in my house with about 4 blankets drapped over me (no lie!) while DH will be barefoot with shorts on. Men!


I will say when I lived with a friend and we had oil and a poorly insulated house, we left the heat around 50. We were poor and our oil was SO expensive! Glad I don't have to do that anymore!

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:48 am
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We have ours around 62-63. When we have people over we always have to bump it up, but we are a warm family so FI and my boys are always in t-shirts and I usually have a thin sweater on
Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:58 am
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Oh Laura, you are not alone! 


Unfortunately, we are like Nikki in that we have oil heat and our home is not completely properly insulated, and oil has gotten ridicuously expensive.  We keep it at 65 during the day - I wear a few layers of clothing and when DH gets home in the evenings, we turn it up to 67, but back down to 65 when we go to sleep. 


I am hoping that once we replace our windows, we will be able to save more money so that I don't have to be cold. 

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:59 am
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I remember 68 was always my Mom's compromise temp too...she had to keep it lower to avoid high heating bills but didn't want me to freeze! That's always stuck in my mind for some reason :)


Now, DH and I burn wood for heat and rarely turn our regular furnace on. The perks of having a logger for a FIL! I love it, it's always really warm in our house...but DH is usually in a T-shirt all winter long and anytime my brother comes to visit, he packs shorts lol.

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 5:51 am
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Aww, that's awesome! I wish we could burn wood, but I'm allergic to wood smoke. It's one of the things that will guarantee me a 2 week battle with asthmatic bronchitis. :-/

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:29 am
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I think there's something wrong with our thermostat! We keep it on 74 while we are awake and (but even THEN I am usually on the chilly side) and 72 for sleeping. I can't begin to imagine how cold the 60's would feel in our house.

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 7:44 am
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I think ours is broken too!! We usually just turn it on when we need it. It will say it's like 65 or 68 and it's freezing in the house, so it makes no sense. Then we will turn it on and when it feels more normal, it says its like 75 in there. Yea, no.


We've been using a little space heater in the small bedroom to keep warm. haha. Our bill has been fine, so we'llsee.

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 7:50 am
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We keep ours between 65 and 68, but our downstairs neighbors crank their heat up high so it is always so hot upstairs. We are about to move into a 2,000 sq ft house so I am soooo nervous about our bill then!

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 9:40 am
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We usually keep our's between 68-70. I freeze even at that temperature! The gas bill is crazy if we keep it any warmer though.

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 11:33 am
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My air conditioner stays on 60, year round.  We live in Texas, don't know if the heater works or not.  LOL

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm
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60??? Wow!!! My husband would LOVE you! He likes to keep it cold in the summer, too, which means electric bills that get dangerously close to $400 a month in the hottest months. *Sigh*

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm
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Oh my goodness Wendy, that is cold!  I'm bundling at 63 to 65, but at the other end, I cannot stand to sweat in the summertime.  lol

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm
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I'm always cold too! 60s are a little too cold for me though I don't want an outrageous bill, but I have to be warm. If we are going out of town, I will knock it down to the upper 60's while we're away. I do have an extra comforter on our bed and put sweaters on and keep socks on. We have plastic up on our windows too. We still get a draft. We usually have our heat at 72 but if it it's really cold, we'll bump it to 74 or 75 to warm it up and then turn it back down. Our bill is not outrageous surprisingly. I think only twice DH has said it was higher than normal.

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm
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DH doesn't like it that cold though he has adjusted.  I keep it there because of my hot flashes, they are better now (yay for new meds) though I am still hot all the time.  Thankfully, our electric bill is included in our rent, if we move I am in trouble!  

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm
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That's so funny Laura because I am always freezing and my FI is like "It's warm in here"! 

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 5:27 am
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We set ours to 64 when we're not home and 67 when we are. We have zoned heat, so if we're upstairs for a while we keep the downstairs to 64 and vice versa. We also set the bedroom to 65 when it's time to sleep - DH is a living hot water bottle, I swear. I can be freezing in bed before he gets there, and ten minutes after he's under the covers I'm roasting!




Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 am
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@August27bride - we left a 1000 sqft condo for a 2150 sqft house (with a 1000 sqft unheated basement), and our bill tripled! And we had all electric at the condo - this house is baseboard hot water and gas heat, which is cheaper than electric!

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:36 am
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We were just like fromcoldtofire - leaving an apartment for a home. The only good thing I guess doing this is that we have electric for our air during the summer and oil for heat in the winter.  DH is also a heater and that helps when we go to sleep.  : )

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

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