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Old 10-13-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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No need to feel bad about losing this chalenge. It's officially OK to turn the heat on when the Morris-Jenkins commercials change from "You'll have COOL air in your house tonight" to "You'll have WARM air in your house tonight." That happened a few weeks ago, so all is good.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:10 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Thanksgiving.
But even then it's only after the oven has been turned off from roasting the Turkey.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Lakeside. Of course.
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We all like to get on the Charlotte area weather (some more then others... *ahem* jp), but it's been a good 3 weeks for me without AC or Heat!

I'm one of those walking behind the wife and kids turning off lights, appliance, unplugging chargers, etc - so it's a super nice feeling going this long without using the extra juice!

So besides testing your furnace, let's see who can last the longest without turning the heat on... I know someone with a wood burning stove will kick all our butts.

Who's used the heat already?!
I think I've already lost already, also.

When we had our Heat Pump replaced last year, we put in a programmable thermostat. I love it because I can set it and forget it. But, in forgetting it, it will automagically switch from A/C to Heat as is programmed.

I think it we had heat a few weeks back.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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My girlfriend is cold blooded

I have lost this battle already

She wants the house at 71

I want it around 68 and would be fine with no air or heat until 100% necessary

It is not fun
71 far too hot, I usually set the heat around 66, put on a sweater if you are cold.
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Durham UK
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Yes! We do that "reverse switch" thing, too, w/ ceiling fans.

I believe the cicadas only "sing" when temps are in a certain range. I suspect it is too chilly for them to be out doing their thing now.

Damp weather drives me bananas.
I hear them tonight
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Stankwell Falls, NC
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Does solar heat count? My home has solar heat so i probably won't need to turn on the gas heater until mid January. It also makes hot water.
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Durham UK
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71 far too hot, I usually set the heat around 66, put on a sweater if you are cold.
Brrrrr-I like it around 73 if I'm relaxing, low-mid 60s if I'm working,60 during the night is fine, as long as I have my winter duvet on and my hotty to go to bed with!
At 73 I'll have a fleece on.
Good thing is I don't mind it being in the mid-high 70s in the house in the Summer.
Think women feel the cold more than men maybe?
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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We still have the thermostats on Cool and the house has been at 74 (on its own) most evenings when I check it.

I hope it will be awhile before we need to cutover to the heat side. But rest assured, I know the "ice queen" will have no trouble throwing that heat on at 70 when she's ready.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:05 AM
 
Location: In a house
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We are going without heat or air and loving it right now. Even in the dead of winter we only heat the house during the day. If Duke gets this increase we may have to turn the heat down even during the day. Got to do what we can to make ends meet. I wish we had a wood burning stove. I keep looking for an affordable one. DH said it's not the stove that costs it's the installation.....We've always had a fireplace or wood stove so going without one is driving me crazy!!!
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:53 PM
 
Location: livin' the good life
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well I gave in and turned the heat on a few minutes ago, just because I know it will be chilly in am. Ironically my wife is gone this weekend and she is the one that would normally be the one to turn it on... go figure.
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