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I woke up this morning and it was 55 degrees F. 8O

Who knows what temperature it dropped down to while I was sleeping. It's been in the 60's, but I've been stubbornly refusing to turn on the heat because I don't want to have to start paying those sky high gas bills already - btw, my roommate said he didn't care if I turned it on or not. I keep hoping that it will warm up again, but I'm wearing a fleece top and a fleece jacket over it and I've still been freezing the last few days.

The one positive aspect of this was that Zoltan was really cuddly this morning. He often sleeps on my bed, but normally he leans against this back support thing (for sitting up in bed or on the floor) that I have against the wall. Today, I woke up with him cuddling against my head. Then later he burrowed underneath the covers and cuddled between my side and my arm. When I went to the computer, he crawled in my lap. Knievel and Jekyll were also curled up against me. I woke up at a little past 7:00 but didn't get out of bed until 8:00 because they were just so cute all cuddling against me.
 

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My goal is always to make it through to November 1st before I start using the wood cookstove for heat and January 1st before I fire up the really big woodstove in the cellar, but it seldom happens that way. One year, we woke up Mid-October with frost on the inside of the windows and decided that it might be, um, smart :roll: to warm up the house just a bit. But in winter, there are a lot of mornings that you can see your breath until you really get the stoves going to take the chill off.

I dunno...for some reason, I am feeling very cold this fall, so it may not be long before we start the upstairs stove (and the hand that I cut in August seems to get really cold really easily because the circulation still isn't quite what it should be yet). I'm thinking next week or so, I don't want to take chances.

We have a documentary-studies student shadowing us for the next few months (apparently, she thinks we're interesting enough to document), and I felt really bad yesterday when she was standing in the kitchen in sweatshirt, fleece jacket, wooly hat, and mittens, hands wrapped around a cup of coffee. Mental note to start the stove on mornings that she's coming. :)
 

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I'm lucky in this aspect; our bills are included with the rent. We don't have to worry about conserving, so we use the thermostat to match how we feel.

Our house stays around 70 degrees in the winter, but that's only because we control the thermostat for te apartment downstairs. If we drop it lower than that, she freezes. I think it's great, but my boyfriend likes to sneak the windows open to cool off! LOL

Friday night it dropped to 29 here. Saturday morning the heat finally came on!
 

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It's been dipping to about 50's at night here. It's about 70 outside now, and our air is still one (but hardly running). Gas is so expensive, i think i'm going to start opening the windows soon.

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It's tough to say... the guy that lives below us runs his heat so we don't need to turn it on much.
What a great situtation. I had an apartment a few years ago that was on the 2nd (middle) floor. We didn't have to run the heat once during the winter! At times, it was even too warm.

Always great to save a little cash...
 

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We just start our heat at normal room temperature I guess....my boyfriend would know but I have no idea. Last night it got COLD, and we didn't have our heat on. I had both my cats curled up beside me all night on a wool blanket I put down for them.
 

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mismodliz said:
What a great situtation. I had an apartment a few years ago that was on the 2nd (middle) floor. We didn't have to run the heat once during the winter! At times, it was even too warm.
Awesome! Did you save on air conditioning too? I believe we air conditioned his apartment this summer, lol, but the electric bill is always cheaper than the gas bill. Looking at my history the gas peaked at $40 in January. Every other month was around $25.
 

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Whever its chilly enough in the house I turn it on. I dont wait for a certain date or temp. If its cold I turn it on.
 

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Whenever it's so cold in my apartment that I know I'll be uncomfortable once I get out of the shower. I turned it on for about an hour the other morning. brrrrrrrr
 

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I have a real problem turning on the heat before Thanksgiving, I'm always the hold out...walking around with blankets around my shoulders and burying myself under quilts on the sofa.

But it's really cold this fall - the house was 62° this morning, and Mike has been dealing with a chill/ache in his neck and back since last week and has said twice "we should think about turning on the heat".

I always say, "we should close the windows that are still open upstairs first" (so stubborn).

We usually keep the house between 68 and 72° in the winter, though, and have it on a timer, so it comes on before we wake up, goes off after we leave for work, then turns on before we get home, and shuts off at bedtime...but never goes below 62°.
 
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