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Old 12-11-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Highland Creek, NC
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I'm a little concerned about our upcoming gas and electric bills, due to the seemingly colder start to winter. I was wondering what the consensus was on what the thermostat should be set on. Currently, I have it set on 65 upstairs when we are sleeping, 62 when we are downstairs. I flip flop downstairs the same way. Leave them both on 62 when we are out. This really isnt a question on comfort, more on cost effectiveness. It is funny how very warm we feel when we visit someone who has their house on 70 or something though!
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:13 PM
 
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I feel exactly the same way....lower the thermostat overnight and turn it up when I get up in the morning...In addition, you lower your heating bills..nothing you can do about the cold snap...it is what it is...you have to have heat on.

If I'm somewhere and the thermostat is in the low 70's or higher, I feel like I'm choking....
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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I had our two systems on 68 and DW was cold. So she was bumping them both up to 70 when I was out. I'd come home and it was just too warm in the house. So we compromised at 69 degrees and that's where they stay 24/7. It's amazing what the 2 degree variance feels like.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:09 AM
 
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i'm a little concerned about our upcoming gas and electric bills, due to the seemingly colder start to winter. I was wondering what the consensus was on what the thermostat should be set on. Currently, i have it set on 65 upstairs when we are sleeping, 62 when we are downstairs. I flip flop downstairs the same way. Leave them both on 62 when we are out. This really isnt a question on comfort, more on cost effectiveness. It is funny how very warm we feel when we visit someone who has their house on 70 or something though!
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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haha, 74 here since the very cold weather set in. I do admit that when I am cleaning the house and such, I do break a bit of a sweat
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Highland Creek, NC
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Wow JP, I never thought you a person of so few words...but 67 because youre comfortable, or 67 because its more economical? At 67, does your unit have to keep turning on and off, burning more power? Because if it does, then mine is already doing that at 65, so I might as well increase the temp by 2 and feel a little warmer (maybe remove a layer of clothes too!)
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:18 AM
 
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We have a dual system. Upstairs is set to 60 (since heat raises and it usually doesn't get much below 65). Downstairs is set to 67 during the day and 63 at night/when we are out. If I get a bit of chill I bump the downstairs 69 and/or turn on the fireplace for a few minutes to get the room warm.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:38 AM
 
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We keep ours on 68 all the time... I am very concerned about my gas bill based on another thread I posted about all the cold air enters thru our fireplace.
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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We keep ours on 65 unless we get really cold (even with layers and blankets on) and then we'll bump it up to 67 or 68 for a couple of hours. I notice how warm it is in other houses as well, so when we have guests over I'll put it up to 69 or 70 then adjust it when they leave. I think even with being conservative our gas bill is going to be huge.
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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I did a test once. Had someone tell me to turn it on the same setting and leave it because lowering it while gone just made it have to work harder. Saved fifty bucks by lowering it while gone. Only took twenty or thirty minutes for it to warm up when I got home from work. Felt warm anyway because it was super cold outside. Otherwise I leave it at 70 when I'm home.
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