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    I don't know for sure if it will be possible, but it seems if we turn the heat down in the whole house and just warm the family room,(which is where we spend most of our time in the evenings anyway), this would really cut down on that burner running so much at night. Kinda funny when I think of us all in one room, dogs included, snug as bugs in a rug and having some one opening the door, and we all yell, "Close the door!" Does anyone do this already? And if you do, do you rise the temperature before you go to bed? Or do you use an electric blanket? Here in NY tonight the wind is howling, I can put this plan into action in seconds, the dogs will follow me anywhere, its DH who will have to be convinced, as he's always afraid the pipes are gonna freeze. BTW, what temperature should I keep the thermostat on? thanks

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    I love this idea, but it would not work in my home, as everything is open.
    But I would give it a try. 72 would be nice and toasty.
    Let us know how it goes!

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    When we lose power, we all curl up in one bed under a pile of blankets... talk about staying toasty!

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    The wind is howling and blowing strong in NY tonight (central here). We hole up in one room too . Not to save on heat though, we rent and heat is included. We like to hang out in the office and we only use one light, one tv, and one computer. Most evenings I'm at the computer, the fiance is on the futon and the cats are sleeping near us . It really saves on the cost of our electric. It's cozy too!

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    If I close the doors to all the bedrooms upstairs and open the bathroom door downstairs it keep the main living area nice and warm. We have it set at about 72F

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    Upstate NY is going to have windchills of -17* tonight.
    I'm already afraid of pipes freezing and he got extra fuel.

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    The only thing to be concerned about is that the basement doesn't get so cold the pipes freeze. Our house is so drafty we couldn't pull this off. But we sure used to do it in the old farmhouse with wood heat when I was a kid...no indoor plumbing...well, the underground water line from the kitchen sink to the well...but that's about it.

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    I read an article in Good Housekeeping while waiting at the dentist office last week--that said you could save a ton of money by setting the thermostat to 62º and using a space heater in the room/rooms where you spend most of your day.

    Most of my day is spent in here--I do my business stuff in here, sew, read, watch tv, etc so I could do this during the day because I'm here alone most days while the kids are in school. I HATE feeling cold though...I grew up with that, and I always swore I wouldn't do that as an adult (and luckily Dave is on the same page with that).

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    My only concern would be frozen pipes. We keep the heat at 62, but turn it up to at least 65 when it gets around 0 outside. We have insulation problems in the basement and the pipes have 3 times in the last month (including right now).

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