First of all, you are one tough guy. Secondly, I think letting your
wife have the house at 66F is reasonable. Life is short, and she's
not asking for 72F, which is what a lot of people want. We set our
themostat at 65F when we're home, 67F when the wind is bad or the
outside temps are really cold, and we live by Lake Ontario. We also
sit on the couch with blankets and various small and large animals
(does your wife have a lap dog or cat? Free heat!), and that helps,
The oil-filled heater idea might work, too, for the times that 66F
isn't good enough. We have a housemate on the third floor who uses a
long electric radiant space heater to keep her main room comfortable,
but I've never tried to figure out what portion of our electric bill
that heater is costing us (we always seem to have someone living up
there so we never have the opportunity to shut off that appliance to
compare usage). It's ok; as long as she's comfortable, that's what
matters. Life is short, as I said (and as I try to remind myself
often), and it's only money.
I'm not as tough as you think, the thermostat hasn't moved from 66,
it's just when she's not in the house I noticed that no one complained
about 62 degrees so I got to thinking if using a space heater for the
rooms the wife occupies could save me the extra 4 degrees elsewhere in
the house. What I'm not sure about is if lowering the thermostat in
the rest of the house and using a space heater will save any money due
to the higher electric cost. I guess I'll have to buy one and run it
for a month to see what the damage ends up being. I was just wondering
if anyone else had tried this.
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