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Old 10-26-2011, 12:59 PM
 
Location: in a cabin overlooking the mountains
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Well you get used to it. I was just driving around when the kids were getting off school. Saw one kid wearing a short sleeve t-shirt and another wearing shorts. It's 45 out. They didn't even look like they thought it was cold.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Live - VT, Work - MA
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You get used to the waether and temps and learn to enjoy them, embrace the winter or be miserable.....there isn't much in between in Northern New England.

The fresh air in the winter is outstanding. I love taking my dogs out at 5am in the winter.......I stand on my deck and just breath......
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Brandon VT
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This is my first year living completely on my own, without family or roommates. Last year I was in a big four-story victorian house with 5 girls, and we had to keep the heat around 70 just to keep the upstairs rooms livable.

This year so far I have the heat set to 58. In the wintertime I'll see if this temperature is bearable or too low. My financial goal is to not go too much above 60, as heat is expensive.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Live - VT, Work - MA
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This is my first year living completely on my own, without family or roommates. Last year I was in a big four-story victorian house with 5 girls, and we had to keep the heat around 70 just to keep the upstairs rooms livable.

This year so far I have the heat set to 58. In the wintertime I'll see if this temperature is bearable or too low. My financial goal is to not go too much above 60, as heat is expensive.

You will find 58 cold during the winter most likely. Lower 60s can be fine with a blanket on the couch and some comfy warm clothes. An electric space heater (like one of the ones that look like a woodstove) for $100 uses a small amount of electricity but can heat a few hundred square feet to keep your immediate area livable while not heating a large home with expensive oil or gas.

Just a thought.
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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It's been a while but i can give some first hand here

we are w/o power in NJ and house is 54. It's cold but fine to sleep... With socks, long underwear tops and bottoms but it's different 54 and getting up to a 54F house in the dark with no heat, and 54 and being able to crank the heat up when you wake up while you make coffee!!
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: in a cabin overlooking the mountains
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Did I mention that we have two good size dogs (60 lbs)? Better than a down comforter!
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:56 PM
 
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If you are coming from Florida you are going to have a hard time with the theromostat set at 60-65 in the dead of winter. Before we heated with wood we tried keeping the thermostat at 68 when we were home and froze. 72 is tolerable with more like 74 comfortable. We do keep it low when we aren't home but getting up in the middle of the night is rough when the thermostat is on 65. I can't imagine having it at 55 overnight. That's insane. Maybe those folks never have to pay the water bill at night......lucky for them! Now we heat with wood from October to April which is warm and toasty and well worth the expense (cheaper than fuel) or labor if you are cutting your own.

From most other people I know the men always want things colder and the women, well maybe we have thinner blood, but most gals I know are always nudging the thermostat up. Trust me, 60 is not all that warm after 10 or 15 minutes. You'll chill to the bone and never be comfortable. If my husband thought the heat was just for the royals I'd put his bed out in the garage and let him sleep like a peasant.

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Hi all, this is my first post to the Vermont forum and it will sound a bit silly but here goes... In short I moved to Florida ( I know everyone say ugh together) from Virginia when I was a kid my husband is from New York. We are moving back up north soon either upstate N.Y. or Vermont. We are having a difference of opinion on how warm most people keep their houses in the winter. He claims 60 -65 degrees is the norm and wearing multiple layers in the house. I'm thinking that sounds a bit chilly. Anybody in the lower 70's? Maybe I forget that 60 feels warm after coming in from 20. He says I'm thinking like the Royal Family, I'm thinking brrrr. A general consensus would be great. Thanks.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Update.. this morning house temp was 52F. We are playing guess the temperature each morning now and my wife guessed it was getting warmer but it had dropped another degree or two! Positive proof you adapt to cold weather (quickly!)
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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At least you've managed to keep your wits about the whole ordeal. Good luck in getting that power turned back on.
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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62 during the day, and 58 at night. You probably will want to look into a humidifier of some sort so you don't end up with alligator skin and sinus problems during the winter months. 62 is very comfortable, right now we are in northern NM and its 31 outside, 62 on the thermostat and i think its very comfortable.
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