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Old 12-20-2009, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Wherever I want to be... ;)
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I live in San Diego, and although it certainly doesn't freeze like most of the country, we do have some chilly nights. We never turn our heat on, but instead wear sweaters, fuzzy socks, and use heating blankets.
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I'm in San Diego too, and it does get pretty cold at night. The days can be sunny and in the 50's and 60's, but the nights get very cold, and we do get frost. I've had to scrape a thin layer of ice off of my windshield some winters. A credit card works just fine for that.

Last night I had my electric blanket on high, one cat and a hot water bottle. I use a space heater when I'm at the computer, but turn it off when I move to the couch to watch TV. I have a warm acrylic throw and the cat to keep me warm.
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:44 AM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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We got some new curtains to put up in the hallway - to keep the heat downstairs. They're polyester, faux suede black out curtains from Walmart: under $17 per panel, 2 panels on each spring rod. 2 sets of curtains to pocket in the heat.

I'll eventually take them down & get the wrinkles out in the dryer, but right now, asthetics aren't a prime concern.

Going downstairs is a set of tan panels. And at the bottom of the stairwell is a set of dark blue curtains. The different colors were the compromise between Mr. Boyfriend & me. You see a coffee carafe there at the bottom, waiting to be taken back upstairs to the COLD kitchen.

The temp upstairs, next to the kitchen, tonight was 50 degrees!

Outside, on the balcony, near midnight: freezing!

In the bedroom, I'll spare you the photo of the digital clock with the temp: 65 degrees (heaven!)
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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I put weatherizing plastic over most of the windows. I have many windows in the house, which is nice in warmer months and brings in alot of great light. Really makes a difference in warmth and savings. Have a gas heating stove and a space heater I use mainly. Also put up a barrier curtain into the back of the house (bathroom, washroom, hallway, etc.), hopefully will make a difference in heating bill. For the first time I bought an electric blanket this winter! We had a very cold spell here, and just did not want to keep the wall heat up too high. My gas bill is nil in summer/fall, but goes up to $70-100 monthly in winter.
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