I’m super spoiled living in Southern California where it’s sunny year round and the average temperature is 70 degrees. Even in the winter time during the day it gets to be in the high 60′s and the lowest is about 45 degrees. Not enough for snow unless you live in the mountains!
It’s harsh right? Still though it can be pretty cold inside since my comfort level usually is around the mid 70′s. To save money I try not to turn on the heat as much as possible! Inside it needs to get down to 60 before I even touch my heater and I usually try not to use the entire house one. At work it’s pretty cold because the building is all brick and has no insulation and at home it’s still cold because I’m trying to save money! My heating bill won’t be as high as someone who lives in the midwest but it still makes a difference the more I can withstand the cold and keep myself warm by other methods.
Since it’s only the two of us we try not to use the house heater at all and just use a space heater in the bedroom only. It’s not fun when we’re showering and all but a side effect of this is that we shower faster and end up using less water. Our house is pretty small at 1100 square feet but a space heater is pretty cost effective for one room only. No use heating the kitchen over night when no one is using it! Other people I know do a combo of both. They use the overall heater to bring the house up to a certain temperature then add space heaters to the colder rooms people are in.
My general house attire includes my big fluffy sweatshirts and flannel pj’s. Maybe some long knee socks thrown in there too. It’s comfy and I don’t need to worry about how I look. Then I throw on a blanket and I’m pretty good for the evening.
MOVING MORE QUICKLY
Nothing like moving around a lot to stay warm! It’s kind of funny when I have some cleaning to do because I tend to move around more quickly when its cold so that I can warm up. Reverse effect in the summertime when it’s hot and I am trying to conserve energy instead.
The fun part about this year is that I get to spend the holidays in 30 degree weather in the midwest! There we have no choice but to heat the entire home or freeze our butts off. The inside temperature tends to be a nice 68 degrees compared to the low 60′s we keep it here. Since my nieces will be staying in the same house it’ll be even toastier since they need a warmer temperature. The only cold times will be whenever I’m outside. Which really will only be when I’m going to and from the car. Hopefully when I get back my cold tolerance will have raised up a little bit.
What do you do to save a bit of money when heating your home?