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Burrrr…anyone else feeling the cold breeze of Old Man Winter? Here in D.C. the temperature has dropped into the 40s at night. This holiday season, as we reach over for our second helping of pecan pie, we plan to talk to our loved ones about saving energy costs this winter. You can too by going to www.aarp.org/CreateTheGood/energy">www.AARP.org/CreateTheGood and downloading your free checklist with suggested energy saving maintenance tips. Give thanks and make a difference this holiday season by sharing these tips with your loved ones.
40's? Cold? We wear light jackets in those temps and don't even think of stoking the furnace
until it's down in the 30's.
The primary issue I see with heating bills is that people simply refuse to dress up in their homes. If there are those on this forum who have traveled and are familiar with the habits of people in Europe or elsewhere (I have friends in New Zealand and Australia), you'll see immediately how we 'waste' heat in this country. You see those Scottish or New Zealand wool sweaters in the stores --- they don't simply wear those outdoors. They wear them inside. Energy is at least twice the cost in many places than in the U.S. They usually keep their homes around 60 degrees, not 70+. You wear warm, comfy clothing, use space heaters (really good for sitting around reading or watching the TV), and comforters for sleeping (there are very light, but warm comforters available at good prices if you look).
Wife and I have done this for decades. I wear heavy fleece sweats at home --- inexpensive and warm. Heat goes totally off every night --- house will go down to about 58 degrees. Use a thermostat with a timer and set the heat to come on 15 minutes before awakening. Heat is only run in morning, and evening. Shut off during the day where I use space heaters.
Our heating bills, in the Chicago area (which has expensive utilities), rarely exceeds $75 for a month.