I have run a No Heat Challenge over the past few years here at The Non-Consumer Advocate, but am going to amend it this year to a Less Heat Challenge. Because really, although I promoted the idea of waiting as long as possible before turning on the ol’ furnace each fall, the main idea was always to keep your house cooler than normal. Not to live without heat.
So far this year, I’ve had a couple of times when I’ve wanted to turn on the heat, but those moments have passed by without any furnace action. (I did notice that the house was a chilly 61º one morning last week.) All of our beds now have flannel sheets on them, and the TV room lap blankets are back in rotation.
In the winter we normally keep set our programmable thermostat at 63° during the day and 57º at night. However, last year we hosted a Japanese exchange teacher and ended up keeping the house warmer than normal. (I don’t remember the specific numbers.)
If you are able to turn your thermostat down 2,3 or even four degrees from normal, you will save a ton a ton of money, not to mention the green-friendly energy savings. So throw on an extra layer, and put your tootsies in some wool socks, cause baby, the Less Heat Challenge in on!
Will you be participating in this year’s challenge? Please write your name in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”
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