My buddies over at the Compact Yahoo Group have put together a No Heat Challenge. This challenge is simple — see how long you can go without firing up the ol’ furnace.
I like this challenge as it not only saves money, but is also about minimizing energy usage. A win-win situation in my book, (library of course!)
My husband installed a programmable thermostat and we partake of it greatly. We’re able to keep set the heat at 57° fahrenheit at night and then go crazy to bake the house up to a balmy 63° during the day. This may sound extreme, but it felt just fine. We all have thick flannel duvets, and there’s no reason to expect to be able to wear the same wardrobe in winter as we do in summer.
Cold during the day? Throw on a sweater. Cold at night? Add another blanket. Open up those curtains to let in the light, put on a pair of warm socks. It is not necessary to heat an entire house in order to warm the human body.
My goal is to go until November 1st until revving up the furnace. How long can you go before heating your house?
Put your name in the comments section below to add yourself to the No Heat Challenge. And make sure to include where you live.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”