Our gas bill has been between $20-40/mo…or less. Come January- February (-50° with those massive wind chills) and our pipes usually freeze no matter the temperature inside, but it isn’t our pipes that freeze, it’s the mobile parks that do. Of course, I’d be curious if there were other factors such as what the kids were wearing, what they eat, etc that might factor in because so much has changed in the last few decades. I have found I can leave my thermostat much lower and save a lot and yet still feel toasty warm and comfy with an electric blanket on the bed and an electric throw for sitting in. And we continue to have the same habits in retirement. I am always hot and sweating. I love being outside. We have been meaning to do the window insulation for a while, but it seems a tad pointless when we know we have such a drafty house overall. :), Thank goodness we have a wood stove, not a fireplace — SO much more efficient, and doesn’t have that vacuum effect. A roaring fire exhausts over 20,000 cubic feet of heated air per hour to the outside. Keeping the temperature in the high 60s results in a … I’d do the same if I were you. :-), I and my brothers can’t handle the cold well as we grew up in a tropical country. I don’t know that we’d go full-on stoic, but it’s good not to get too soft from luxury. Our room gets so cold because it sits over the garage and all of the walls are outside walls and covered in windows. :-), Step 1: pull up google on an internet browser :-) I look forward to following your journey, though it sounds like you have a pretty sweet gig. and used space heaters if we were going to be sitting still awhile, which didn’t happen that often. In the long run, the cold atmosphere could damage her health more than her asthma. Haha. A lot of our so-called frugal choices boil down to efficiency. Thanks for the encouragement. But it warmed up the little bathroom, to finish the rest of the daily routine and dress for the day. I know it will be worth the money! Hope it was awesome. I, too, balk at spending so much on energy (we don’t have air conditioning in this house either, only a window unit in the bedroom for when things get really bad — Baltimore summers are hot). Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Until then, got any camera equipment/photography tips? I’d rather spend my money on other things. We never ever used the heat when we lived in apartments and our condo, and I’m positive we benefited from others’ heat. And you bought a hot water bottle because of it? Yours happens to be on the cold side while mine is very much on the warm side. I have been sick with Bronchitis for a month now do to know if keeping it cool in here is good. You only have to earn $33,000 annually in the U.S. to be in the top 1% globally. It’s not comfortable at all! ), what difference does it make? So our intentional comfort (temperature) level is 68 during the day (wintertime), with polar tech and blankets and gloves in the house no big deal. There are MANY gaps, allowing cold air/wet/moisture in. I did just tell Mr. P your heat setting and he started fervently shaking his head. Though I can’t imagine wearing a jacket if it’s remotely warm at all! All rights reserved. Why does it warrant its own set of logic? The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Even if it were just me and my wife, I don’t think we would attempt that here in South Dakota. I’m kind of anti-fireplace because when I was little, my bedroom was at the top of the stairs and when the fire was going, it sucked all the heat out of my room and it was FREEZING! If my utility bill were that high, I’d have to consider those kind of measures, or more likely, I’d have to move! Even if it’s like us and just bi-weekly, it’s WAY worth it to us to not have to do as much cleaning. Oh, and thanks for the mention! It’s interesting that you said that keeping the house cooler can help with inflammation. She blogs at The Pistachio Project in order to share what she learns with others. Though I love the mountains, I could never live there full-time. Haha! My wife just told me about that, actually – we do follow them though I haven’t personally seen that one. My sister will be visiting soon, and my nephew dislikes mosquitoes. :-). I saw how he and his wife suffered over stupid things. We’ve been fortunate enough, though, that our utility bill only runs between $150-250. And that is really cheap heat without a lot of fuss. It makes sense to embrace your climate. Fall just barely started and the snow and freezing weather hit. By the time we pull the plug, we will have been saving for 6 years, and while we earn quite a bit more than average which makes things easier, I have a pretty good feeling you won’t end up needing 16 years to save enough. It’s so great to reflect on frugal practices – not just why we do them, but what we gain from them as well. A cord costs $250, and we bought a splitter from Harbor Freight (my nominee for best frugal purchase of 2015) that beautifully splits the wood into wood stove ready sized logs quickly and effortlessly. Plus my heat pump last much longer. Although, I would say that in your guys’ specific case, the amount of work travel that you do, probably lends itself to even longer work schedules. If we buy a pound of organic, grass fed pork chops for $9.99 when the local discount grocer has regular pork ribs for $1.99 per pound, we’re making a conscious decision to spend our dollars on the quality of our food (and hopefully, reduce the dollars spent on medical care as a result), and we immediately know the cost of that decision is $8.00 per pound. So if you come over to our house, you will freeze, and if we come over to your house, we will roast. That’s pretty incredible. :-) Our gas bill was always super cheap when we lived in the city, so in all honesty, we didn’t think it would jump so much when we bought our house in the mountains. Obviously, a cooler house isn’t going to have you shedding pounds like crazy but it can add up! I once lived in a house in KY that was so poorly insulated that even with most all of the rooms closed off, it cost $400/month to keep the place at 60F. I’ve experienced dry cold and dry heat and wet cold and wet heat, and there’s no comparison. I’m so glad that you enjoyed my post about the Great Depression. What’s an even more interesting question to us is: What will this habit lead to? I was always amazed (and HOT) when I went to friends’ houses and their heat was up at 70 degrees and everyone was wearing short sleeves. I live in a very hot climate where it’s regularly 110f+ outside. Of course, what temperature you set your thermostat at will vary depending on your household and their needs. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician. Sure it feels warm by the fire, but every Btu that goes up the chimney is replaced by cold air pulled into the house elsewhere. It was a few weeks before I had a new one working. The Non-Financial Benefits of Strict, Strategic Frugality - FIRE Wanderer, Ten Simple Changes For A More Sustainable Life - Tread Lightly, Retire Early, 15 simple tips fabulously frugal people NEVER do when organising their finances, How to Retire Early With Minimalism | the minimalist mom, 15 things fabulously frugal people NEVER do organising their finances, Big City Vs. Small Town // Which Is Better for Saving for Early Retirement? If we’re out of coffee, I will say: “Let’s go buy more coffee” (at an unfrugal $16 a pound for our organic, shade-grown, locally-roasted beans). I used a space heater at my desk, lots of clothes in the kitchen and my usual duvet in the bedroom. Maybe one cold and have been doing this for 15 years. Living in a cold house, apartment, or other building can cause hypothermia. I would drop it a few degrees, except the dozen days or so it is below -40C where we live. I’d rather put on a sweater than turn the heat up. The majority probably sets their thermostat based on average temperatures, or what they’re used to, or what the neighbors do. We will general keep the temperature at around 80, which is much, much higher than most people. I may receive commissions from purchases made through links in this article. Readers are advised to do their own research and make decisions in partnership with their health care provider. maybe. ), We’re in similar but opposite situations in that we run the AC warmer than most around here. Since the cooler temperature effects your whole body, it can help reduce overall inflammation. How to Keep the Cold Out of Bedroom Walls. :-) But I’d say: Take your time, take several shots in each place to give yourself options, and start to get attuned to the light. Thank goodness spring is on its way! So true that it’s all relative! We’re from Pa and it’s cold but I sweat the minute I walk in from work. This means that it can produce heat in order to keep your house warm when it is too cold. Tagged as: budgeting, early retirement, finances, frugality, gratitude. The we turn it down to 60 degrees, with the thermal mass of the brick home it helpa us cost till the sun is up then our large windows let in the heat. Thanks! I don’t think that being frugal is not crazy at all and is more reality. Haha — no cat mutinies! Sensible. To say that we were floored by it would be a tremendous understatement. We always sleep with our temp between 60-64 but he pumps it up when we get up to 72 or 73. We still feel a bit uncomfortable with its contemporary definition, though. I was fine in our cold house but he worked elsewhere and thought the home was frigid.). I dress in many layers, always with a warm wool sweater, long underwear and 2 pairs of socks. It’s pretty pleasant. We had warm, cuddly blankets and clothes (bottoms, too — jeans don’t cut it!) (These fees cover blog expenses only, and do not net a profit for us.). Within a few minutes I’m totally acclimated. I was perfectly content and it really cleaned out my colon. Much like caulk around the edges of windows, cold air is kept from flowing in, which means that your house stays warmer for longer without hot air being added by your furnace, which saves you money. We already know we aren’t perfectly rational beings. It’s amazing how quickly our bodies can adapt to different temperatures. Nope. But with us, we consider it a luxury to let the temperature dip down to 78 rather than keeping it at 80 (and the difference feels huge). (“We” meaning the two of us — Mr. ONL and I — not this blogging community. Another culprit is a poorly ventilated laundry. :-) And WOW, your utility bills seem super affordable for that level of cold you deal with! We have had some really colder weather than usual. And yes! And there is one example: the thermostat. Good call. The one indulgence I permit myself is to have the heat lamp on in the bathroom; that’s one room where I can’t stand being cold. But if it affords us a lot of organic produce and toilet paper (and other things…ha! I did a post about it on my blog, but it’s a combination of curtains, fans, and inside window insulation. Also, I now know to throw in some extra socks if I ever come visit. :-) We can’t rely on fire alone (and we also don’t like how having full-time fire hurts our indoor air quality — or our outdoor air quality! We have a 2 story house with 2 separate heating and air units (plus a basement). That’s a great way to put it — embracing our climate. In the summer we don’t have a/c so it is warmer (I will use a fan for sleeping). I’ll have plenty of opportunity to test out some of these theories as we’re moving from the South to New England next month. I recently have had a Millennial family member move in and she is constantly complaining about being cold. I think more so it gets me out quicker than when I used to take long warm showers. In order to keep germs from spreading around your house, you need to know what influences this process. PS: I highly recommend getting a hot water bottle to sit with under a blanket. If that’s all you knew about us, you’d have a very skewed picture of our lives. Taking pictures when the light is good is what elevates a snapshot to a quality picture. Stop drafts and heat loss by filling any holes and cracks in the walls or between your baseboards and the floor with caulk or other sealant. If I make our laundry soap, dishwasher soap, hand soap, fabric softener or hair conditioner I know the exact cost of those ingredients and how that compares to the watered down, wasteful, over-packaged store bought alternatives. Okay, like I said saving money because you are using the heater less is a bit of a no brainer. It was an unpleasant surprise, to say the least, and made it an easy choice for us: pay through the nose or learn to deal with the cold. Sometime as a child (with painfully frugal parents), I had a Scarlett O’Hara moment, “I will never be too hot or too cold again!” So I make lots of money so I can have heating when it’s cold and a/c when it’s warm. 80f is more than acceptable if you’re used to it. We’ve learned that we can live perfectly well without a lot of heat, so of course I wonder what we’ll eventually give up, realizing that our perceived need of it was an illusion all along. If someone you know is in a group facility, pay attention to the inside temperature and to whether that person is dressed warmly enough. Personal preference I guess but I am happy at 52. Hahahahaha — perfect. Sleep in a slightly cooler room. 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