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Old 01-05-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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Currently we keep our home temperature at 60 degrees at night and 68 degrees during the day (when we are home) but I am wondering if we would use less fuel keeping it at a steady temperature. Does anyone know which uses less fuel?
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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I have heard that it depends on the heating system, but in general that is the concept of a setback thermostat.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: DC
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Currently we keep our home temperature at 60 degrees at night and 68 degrees during the day (when we are home) but I am wondering if we would use less fuel keeping it at a steady temperature. Does anyone know which uses less fuel?
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies! I will continue to set ours lower when we sleep or are gone.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Currently we keep our home temperature at 60 degrees at night and 68 degrees during the day (when we are home) but I am wondering if we would use less fuel keeping it at a steady temperature. Does anyone know which uses less fuel?

those temperatures are not even fit for animals.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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we hit 59 at night, lower is not a big deal either. 61-62 during the day. we are here all the time. I find 61-62 pretty comfortable although we do drink a lot of hot tea.

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Old 01-11-2012, 12:56 AM
 
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I'd suggest setting it back in the daytime as well, if there is no one there really no reason to have it on.

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those temperatures are not even fit for animals.
I love having my bedroom in the 60's at night. As far as animals go that would depend on what you're referring too. 60 is like the Sahara for some dogs and certainly enough for the rest of them.
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:00 AM
 
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The loss of heat through the windows, walls and roof is a somewhat linear rate which increases as the difference between the inside and outside temperature increases. So there is more heat lost if the house is 75 degrees and the outside is 32 degrees than there is if the inside of the house if 60 degrees and the outside is 32 degrees. Ergo, the setback thermostat which alloow one to reduce the inside temperature during periods of reduced use such as sleep and away at work and school.
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:06 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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As mentioned it depends on your heating system. An electric heat pump you keep at a constatnt setting, raising the temperature causes the emrgency setting to activate. A gas or oil system will have savings by doing what you do.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:01 AM
 
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An electric heat pump you keep at a constatnt setting, raising the temperature causes the emrgency setting to activate.

I'd imagine that is because the recovery takes so long, they must have some controls that allow it to recover over longer period without using auxiliary.
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