We've had some pretty up and down weather. Already had a frost warning a week or so ago, followed by unusually hot, humid, sultry weather. Add that the A/C system was bleed at work (prematurely) so work was far from pleasant (I work in a windowless room). On several occassions, I've heard the hum of the furnace in other homes on the street (granted most would also have oil fed boilers as well for domestic hot water but the length of time that the furnace is running tells me that it's for heat, not hot water). I have yet to even set the programmable thermostats. : )
I'm holding out as long as I can, conserving in the process. We're doing the following:
-wearing layers, warm socks/house slippers
-extra blankets on the beds, flannel sheets
-warm night clothes
-taking advantage of passive solar, especially from the attached sun room off of the Den. Let the heat build up, then open the French doors into the Den, to allow the heat into the house
-cuddling on the couch with assorted blankets/quilts
-serving pots of hot tea after dark
-hot meals for supper (we eat around 7 p.m.when it's dark)
Soon, the wood stove will be used in the afternoon as well. I need to get a wood delivery
Forecast is for some chilly weather to enter CT this week, along with rain=cold, raw weather. We're enjoying this energy efficient rental, to be sure, compared to our former rental, which was often damp, cold-especially after night fall.
If I can hold out until Nov 1, that would be awesome, and even then, there will be limited use of the furnace, if at all. At what temperature (interior of home), do you finally cave and turn the heat on? It's been years since I lived in a 2 story home, last experience was an end unit but attached on one side, townhouse appartment from '86-'90, with electric heat but awesome, sunny exposure. Luckily it was zoned per floor, with the bedrooms upstairs. I never even turned on the upper floor, we kept the downstairs (had another tenant below us in an efficiency appartment at 55 while away/night, and 60 when home.
We continue to adjust to this new rental. I anticipate keeping the second floor colder (bedrooms), but the main floor warmer, and timing just the Den (third zone) for when we would be viewing tv. I'll probably start at 55 upstairs 24/7 and 55 downstairs (both zones) at night and when away, then set the at home/evening setting to 64 and see how that goes.
How are you doing in your neck of the woods?