Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Heating

Well, I've once again fallen far short of my goal of waiting until November 1 to turn on the heat. I wonder why I think that's a reasonable goal? Probably for the same reason that Cool Hand Luke thought he could eat fifty eggs. It just seemed like a nice round number.

The temp must have dropped a lot while we were gone this past weekend. We dragged ourselves into the house on Monday night and it was 55 degrees inside. So on came the heat, during the night anyway. And now it's Ugg mornings and cardigans. But I am so stingy, the thermostat is set on 65. Where do you put yours?

I'm about to head up to the mountain house with Hank for tonight and tomorrow.  There are some extended family peeps up there I want to see.  I need to leave Laura here for school.  And I guess that, like the dictator of some shitpot totalitarian regime, I don't like to spend more than one night in the same place.  Cheers, y'all.

19 comments:

Jenni said...

Our heat is at 67 up here, but maybe we should go lower??

Michele said...

We have yet to get cool enough around here to turn on the heat. Nice thing is we haven't had to use the AC for a couple of week. Which puts us smack in the middle of the gold zone. Normally we keep the ac at 80 and the heat at 72.

Coffee with Cathy said...

Sixty-eight degrees winter and 72 summer. I'm a tyrant!

David said...

We keep our AC at "windows open" and our heat at "windows closed, with a cashmere blanket on the bed." Miss the Bay Area yet...? :D

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

Have fun in the mountains, you lucky girl.

Minnesota Matron said...

Heat? Snow here, already.

Elle said...

You know, we're both from the Midwest & now we're in the Midatlantic region & it is just not cold here. I mean, Hallowe'en is next week & there is no snow on the ground. It is tropical!

Our conditions for turning on the furnace are as such:

The days' highs must be below 45F for 14 consecutive days and it has to be after December 15 and it must be below 55 inside, according to the first-floor's thermostat.

Once we turn on the heat, we set it for 62, 57 overnights. I was thinking about blogging about this in great detail, our miserly use of climate control, but now it seems dull. Ok.

Melissa said...

I'm just catching up on three days worth of blogs. Silly me - I thought since you were out of town there wouldn't be any new posts! Amy, you are a funny, funny girl. You had me laughing out loud with your guest post. And I always love to hear about Frenemy neighbor. I thought of you Becky, the first time I turned my heat on last week and knew that I didn't make the 11/1 goal. I try to keep it at about 65, but have to go up to 67 or 68 on occasion. I justify this in my mind with the comfort of my 6 month old, but it's probably more about me...

Becky said...

Elle, my hat is off to your miserliness! Tell me your secrets. I already like to be fully dressed in my house, but how do y'all stay warm until December 15? Sounds like you can tolerate a pretty chilly indoor temp.

Michele Renee said...

Becky, I read your post last night and I had no clue if we've had ours on yet. It has been a distracting month--I have not even noticed what we've been doing with the utilities. So I checked in with my man and I have learned that in Oct we try not to do heat and this is a quote "So we have one month in the year in which neither heat nor AC is used to save a little bit of money". We do have these heaters we use sometimes in the bedrooms and in our gargantuan-sized, outdated and ugly master bath. They look like radiators and they cackle as they heat up. Used those last weekend. Once the heat goes on I believe we do 68.

Elle said...

No, no, Becky, don't take yr hat off. Not here! You have to be fully dressed, yes, plus with a few outerwear accessories.

Mostly I think the "secret" is to just come from a region where both 55 and 105 are normal summer temperatures and -15 defines at least a 3-week stretch of every 6-month winter.

Also, our house is 3 stories, so it's plenty warm -- at least 60 -- on the 3rd floor, where the children sleep & bathe, so we don't have to feel neglectful or anything.

Keely said...

I had to do the conversion, but 68. At least until it gets to be minus frakkin 40 here, and maintaining that temp would have the furnace running nonstop.

Sara said...

We always have high hopes to hold off on heat until even mid-October, but no go again this year. Sure, it's fun for a while to wake up in the morning and see just how cold it got in the house and to start the annual baking for heat marathon, but eventually you just want to luxuriate in that wonderful heat blasting from the registers. Because we do enjoy it that much. I think because there's always at least once episode of bitter cold and the furnace not working every year to make us ever so thankful when it's working.
I gotta have my 68 degrees. 70 on those special days we get to laze about the house.

David, you are totally missing out on the booger-freezing cold of W PA Winters, you know.

Elle, you are truly hardcore! I love those rules, too. Just, you know, not for me.

Amy said...

Mr Sustainable keeps hinting about dropping it down another degree this year but I put in my time at 60F for my entire childhood, thanks to the EnviroDad, and I hold firm at 65.

Figuratively doffing my fleece hat to Elle, of course, because I do think its admirable.

Elizabeth said...

A really good way to keep yourself from turning on the heat (even in Chicago) is to have single pipe steam radiators. Because the second you turn them on, you will never ever ever again be able to sleep. Or be able to hear yourself think. Unless you like the sound of a high pitched whistle, thump, thump, whistle. Gosh I miss gas heat.

Ted said...

Ours was set at 77 today... on cool mode.

A Day That is Dessert said...

Our thermostats are at 68; I'd prefer them to be at 70. I suppose the rising price of oil (we have radiant heat supplied by oil) is making me a better citizen of the earth.

Have fun in the mountains!

Becky said...

Ooh, I'd love to have some radiant heat. Mmmmm. . .

And Ted, you guys are cooling? Anytime you want to visit real Fall, you are welcome!

Fantastic Forrest said...

71, baby. I like it warm. My insane husband likes to open all the windows.

Have fun at the mountain house!

Were you referencing a specific dictator? I don't get it. :)