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  • A Year in Provence

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What Is Your Thermostat Set On

My thermostat is turned down to 62 about 30 minutes
before I go to bed.
I have a sheet, quilt and down comforter on my bed.

This is a new addition
I run a humidifier in my bedroom
most nights in the winter......

In the morning a little before getting up I turn it up
to 70 to warm cottage and most of day it is on 68 degrees.

I wear a turtleneck with my slack or jeans and  sweater over that
and am quite comfortable.  If near the zero
mark I wear a light weight long underwear top also.

Might add there is no fat on this One Woman who
stays about 108 lbs and much of the time I am
doing something - computer good for me as it makes
me sit still.

Have heard many comment they keep their homes
warmer.  Some of my children when they visit
say "turn the heat up" :)   My son always kept his thermostat
similar to mine.

Now today
it is a little different
as not feeling the best
and may keep it on 70
a lot of the day.
At the moment cold, windy
sun streaming in windows and I may turn it back
to 68.

Warmer then this is too warm
for me.

Will add that I sure miss my wood stove
and fireplace but do not need to be
bringing wood inside at this stage
of my life.
But still have thoughts of
"where could I put a small wood stove :)"

In the summer keep the temperature
set at 78.  Cottage always comfortable
with fans running and air conditioning
rarely comes on.

I can remember a neighbor when I lived
in the city and the home so hot
when I made a visit.
Their bill was 3 times or more then  mine and I did not
like to share what I owed - as they could not understand
their thermostat was set to high.


Freda said...

My thermostat is set at 20 centigrade. Had to go check and was pleased to discover that equates to 68 fahrenheit. It feels like I am doing something right! Every Blessing from Freda at Dalamory. (

Balisha said...

We keep ours at pretty much the same as you. If we get chilled...we just turn it up a bit. We both dress in layers most of the time. I think that cooler temps are healthier.Added moisture helps too.

Hill Top Post said...

We keep the heat set at 67 but have a wood heater for supplemental heat. Wood heat is nice but a dry heat, so adding some moisture is helpful. We use a humidifier in our bedroom at night.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Freda, thank you for your website.
Could never get it to go through.
Wanted to know more about you :)
Balisha, another similarity.
Mary, just put an addition to my post. I also run a humidifier in my bedroom most nights in the winter :)

Judy said...

I keep my thermostat at 72 in the winter and 74 in the summer--because, I am old enough now that I want comfort and feel I deserve it LOL!!! My natural gas bill runs about 65.00 a month and electricity about the same. Of course, I have a much smaller home 1,000 sq feet, one level, double pane windows and lots of good insulation.

Tabor said...

I also keep mine at 68, but do not turn it down at night as recenty I have had insomnia and do not want to come into the living room to read in the cold. In the summer I set the thermostat at 72 F. I think you should set it at whatever makes you our age we sometimes needs it a little warmer.

lil red hen said...

71* at night and day -- We heat with a wood burning furnace so as long as we are able to bring wood in from the farm we're o.k. with the cost. Our house is almost 45 years old and the insulation is failing so it gets colder. We also have a gas heater in the room converted from a garage where we spend most of our time. I agree with Judy -- we're old enough we deserve to be comfortable. lol

Lynn said...

Winter 68F ~ Summer 72F-74F. Our humidity is high year round so the ceiling fans are generally on to circulate air. I pull on a sweater in winter and am downright disgraceful in summer. The loft is very cozy in winter for sleeping. In summer we have a whirly-gig to pull the hot air out. Today I baked a pie and made cookies adding heat without the unit on until evening. All the buildings have separate heat and air conditioning so they are only on when the spaces are in use. Interesting topic. Enjoyed seeing all the responses.

mel said...

We had a new furnace put in after the Hurricane and it is so efficient that I have not had it above 62 until this cold spell - amazing! This week, in the evenings I have it set at 68 and then back down to 62 at night.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Judy, that is too high and low for me and I am comfortable :) Also this cottage is about 1100 or 1200 sf down and then the loft area adds a little. I think in images it looks bigger because it is all open with no walls except my bedroom. Tabor, Lynn, Charlotte and Mel, thanks for visiting...

Sky said...

in winter thermostat on 66-67 at night and 68-69 during day depending on how cold it is outside. humidifier on all the time in room where i am. painfully dry eyes and dry nose with nosebleeds, even with that extra help! we have 3 gas fireplaces - family room, living room, and bedroom - that we cannot use due to my dry eyes and nose! :( only use now when the power is out. we have such cool summers that most people in PNW do not have A/C. thankfully, we do for those few weeks when it gets warm. we keep the house at 72 in summer, but A/C rarely comes on.

is your bedroom upstairs? when we had 2 stories the upstairs was always 2-3 degrees warmer than downstairs since there weren't 2 cooling systems/thermostats and heat rises.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sky, my bedroom is downstairs but occasionallh I sleep upstairs in the guest bedroom. It is always really warm up there because heat rises. The dry mouth - eye issue I have also because of Sjogrens but over the counter products make it comfortable. Humidifier in my bedroom, also gas logs in main room but rarely turn them on - not comfortable with them :)

MsGraysea said...

Interesting to hear how others are dealing with winter.
I am gone all day so my heat routine is to turn the heat to 55 at night (I sleep with a window slightly open), then turn the heat to 68 when I get up, let it run through a few times and turn it back to 55-60 when I go to work - this week has been near zero for 3 days so I have only turned the heat back to 60 during the day. Works well and my natural gas bill for heat/hot water/cooking runs 48./month. Electric is about 34/month. The basement is heated and I think that helps to keep my place much warmer. Around the house I wear fleece and heavier cotton jersey pants, warm socks, etc.
Sleeping with a sheet, one blanket and a medium weight down comforter makes for a perfect night.
I really like the cooler air and do find it makes me get up and move around more often.
I think we have just had the worst of our winter on Cape Cod. Last year was so warm that the ground did not freeze on Cape Cod. We got spoiled.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Marcia, you have yours even lower then mine and do very well. When running errands I turn to 60.
Looking forward to Spring...

Lynn said...

Just because we chose these woods we live in:

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life." ~Henry David Thoreau

Happy day!