We have a (newly installed with our a/c this summer) 5+2/4 periods per
day programmable thermostat. I'm curious to find out what others in my
area have their thermostats set at for this time of year. I'd like to
hear your programming periods, temp for each, and the home
circumstance reflected in that time period (sleeping, no one home,
people home and awake, using fireplace during this period, etc.)
Thanks for helpful responses,
6:30 AM: 54 degrees. I work at home. I like this temp. Keeps me alert.
5:30 PM: 53 degrees - making dinner adds heat.
7:00 PM: 54 degrees. Other stuff going on.
11:00 PM: 45 degrees. Snooze. That's the lowest temp available on my
No other heat sources are used. If I'm going to be out for a few hours, I'll
sometimes turn off the heat completely if the outdoor temp is over 25
15 minutes before waking, 68 upstairs, 70 downstairs Two hours later, the
70 drops to 68. At bedtime, both zones drop to 64. My wife is home all day
so the 70 takes off the morning chill. If we were both out, it would drop
to 64 during that time.
Weekend wake time is two hours later than work days.
I live where you do, and this is what we do:
Weekdays: 6 AM 65F (waking); 8 AM 60F (work, but often I'm home until
several hours later); 4 PM 65F (home); 11 PM 60F (sleeping)
Weekends: 7 AM 65F (waking); 8 AM 65F (home or in and out); 5 PM 65F
(home, etc.), 11 PM (sleeping)
Every once in a while, we jack the thermostat up to 67F (usually
really cold, windy days, 20F, etc.), but we like a cool house and just
sit with blankets in front of the TV. The attic resident runs an
electric radiant heater when needed. We also use heavy drapes on the
west side windows to block wind drafts, and that helps a lot.
Thanks for responses. I wanted to see if I was in the ballpark of what
other people in the area are using, and I seem to be. I nearly fell
off the chair when the first response was was Mr. 54 Degrees, so I was
glad to see most other responses were less extreme! We've been doing
65 for sleeping and middle of the day (despite the fact that I am
usually home w/ 3yo) and 68 mornings and evenings. I think I need to
adjust the programming an hour here or there, but overall everyone
seems comfortable enough.
Breakfast and dinner are supplemented with a space heater, as our
eating area is in a chilly 3 walls of windows room off the back of the
house, but that heater has a thermostat and is shut off when we're not
at the table.Evenings are usually supplemented by the wood burning
stove, which can heat the bedrooms of our small ranch if I get it hot
enough, and we close off an unused room or two. We are going through
the wood a bit faster than anticipated, but I think it will make a
significant dent in the RGE bill, with a couple cords of wood costing
less than 1 month's bill.
It's easier to make sense of heating bill comparisons (in newspaper
articles and such, or in conversation) if I can reasonably assume my
comfort level expectations are similar to other people's in my area. I
understand that things vary further based on size of the home, energy
efficiency of the home, etc. I grew up here, but lived in California
for most of my adult life. We are still adjusting to the weather a
bit, as well as this being only our second winter in this house. This
is the first programmable thermostat we've had and it helps give me a
baseline to work from.
I truly admire that you are not signing over your paycheck to RGE, and
if you're happy living like Grizzly Adams, then good on you.
Personally, 45 at night is beyond my imagination, especially with two
little kids in the house.
I appreciate everyones responses, thanks!
Actually, my temps are set more like yours. My initial message was a heavily
veiled attempt at pointing out the absurdity of the question. Sort of like
people in cooking newsgroups who post things like "I can't tell which brand
of cream cheese I like best. What do you think?"
Think what? Will other people's thoughts change someone's taste buds from
3000 miles away?
Set your temperature so it's comfortable for you. Other people's heating
bills are completely meaningless unless they live in the exact same type of
house you do, have the exact same windows, same window coverings, same
floors (carpeted or bare), and they like to wear the same clothing as you
do. Their house must also face in the same direction relative to the sun,
and they must have their thermostats set the same as yours. Same furnace,
too. If they're sedentary, they may want more heat than someone who's very
Good point. I'm also still waiting for JoeSpareBedroom to tell me
where he "learned" that fires in fireplaces are prohibited in the city
of Rochester. I suspect he may be conflating a prohibition on the
burning of brush outside in the backyard, but I remain open to
learning new rules and regulations that are legitimate.
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