Your body has to use more energy when it’s just a bit chilly in your home; all that energy used means calories burned. We’ve now learned in an irrefutable way in our own lives that something society claims with near certainty (the temperate range in which humans are comfortable) is relative, not absolute. Not quite sure why we have such a hangup about our gas bill, but we are just not willing to pay that! If this is true, that makes me SO HAPPY. :-) But we’re amply equipped with fleece everything, which makes a world of difference. I gasped when I read 13 degrees celsius because we keep our house at about 25 degrees celsius in winter. It’s like magic. As I dig deeper, I find evidence to the contrary or rather that … One grandfather was beyond frugal and was in fact out and out cheap. :-), I am impressed by your numbers. Hey, guys, welcome to the club! So it’ll be interesting to see how that all goes when we start traveling more to hot places. Pete H. Pete, that is very inventive, but maybe an arctic thermal suit could help you reduce a few layers. When she is not blogging, you can find Brittany making elderberry syrup, whipping up yet another batch of sunbutter, or drinking her fourth cup of tea. And that’s actually a habit we picked up well before we started blogging, before we had our retirement timeline set, before we ever thought we’d admit to the internet that we keep our house so cold. I’d rather put on a sweater than turn the heat up. Be goo to the earth since is the only place we can live. He was the guy who got press several years ago for secretly living in a van in the school parking lots the entire time he went to grad school at Duke, in order to avoid taking on debt. Where can we save a lot without really sacrificing? Really liked your blog, I will have to look at more I’d have to say no because my grandparents lived through the depression and talked about it and, as is so often the case, were affected by the trauma of that era differently. Within a few minutes I’m totally acclimated. My philosophy is if you cold put on a jumper, if your wondering around your house in shorts and tshirt in winter your heating too high and your wasting money. In the wintertime here in Arizona, we keep the temperature at 64 inside (yes, it gets COLD here at night in the winter – even below freezing at times!). Even though turning it up for a day would only cost a few extra dollars. Obviously, a cooler house isn’t going to have you shedding pounds like crazy but it can add up! Then it drops back down at night. Be thankful if you are healthy and being frugal is an amusing “choice”. If my utility bill were that high, I’d have to consider those kind of measures, or more likely, I’d have to move! 80 degrees indoors is way too warn. We could for sure afford to crank our heat up, but (to us) that seems like a dumb use of money. And we have plenty of equivalent things to that. Of course, don’t set it too cold or you will be too busy shivering to be productive. Great post, Brittany! Living in the cold has definitely toughened us up! So, no I’m not frugal with heat. So keep the dial at 18°C, save money and avoid the negative impacts of a cold home . But if I just give it the right mind set, it’s cold, yes, and refreshing! I don’t think that being frugal is not crazy at all and is more reality. :-). This is the second winter that I am keeping the main part of my 5 BR (1880’s,) insulated house at 42-44 degrees F, with the exception of one small bathroom at 62 degrees, my bedroom at 52 degrees, and the kitchen at 58. 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. It’s interesting that you said that keeping the house cooler can help with inflammation. I set my a/c to 78/79 degrees and mom is still cold, but at least the humidity is under control and we don't have sweat dripping down our faces, besides, I'm cold … We can’t keep the house that cold either. :-) (Though I will confess that I totally love it too.) If you go to work in a warmer space for 8 hours a day and then come back to your cold home, you will feel like the house is cold. Still not as low as you guys though. Does that make me a moocher for taking advantage of the radiant heat of surrounding units? And it saves a ton of money. This type of personal finance 101 must be taught in high school. Though I can’t imagine wearing a jacket if it’s remotely warm at all! Not only does that make a mess, but undetected water leaks could cause mold to grow in your house, which would be quite unhealthy indeed. I dress in many layers, always with a warm wool sweater, long underwear and 2 pairs of socks. :-) Though we can get a roaring fire going to help heat things up — we just don’t buy enough wood to do that full-time! Big hugs all around. Tagged as: budgeting, early retirement, finances, frugality, gratitude. Then there was my other grandmother who remained sensible but never did without that which she really wanted. Of course, what temperature you set your thermostat at will vary depending on your household and their needs. If you have wood floors or bare floorboards then heat will be more easily lost than if you have carpet. Haha. Not needing to appear sexy I dress for the weather outside – typically I wear 2 long-sleeved thermal vests, a body warmer I bought to climb Mont Blanc, a huge scarf, two light jerkin-type cardigans, a hose coat, thermal underwear and trousers, large woolly socks, a woolly hat and cycling gloves. But it warmed up the little bathroom, to finish the rest of the daily routine and dress for the day. It’s certainly not that we don’t like to be warm and toasty. Haha — that’s why PF is personal! But I suppose if I did pay a whopping amount and that decreasing the temp would helps save a lot of money I’d figure out a way to make it happen. Shopping malls and stores are the worst offenders, as when it is cold, people come dressed warm with coats, and spending awhile in a VERY WARM store isn’t comfortable after just a few minutes. In order to keep germs from spreading around your house, you need to know what influences this process. (These days though, I stay with my boyfriend and there is no central heating here and the insulation is pretty bad…I survive thanks to my hot water bottle.). 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. Haha. Especially when the bizarro-logic attached to the thermostat sometimes means sacrificing our comfort and maybe even our safety. The beauty of it, though, is that I legitimately love what I do so, even if I end up working a little longer, it won’t be the end of the world. We can say from experience that there are a LOT of reasons why people on a six-figure salary spend all their money, not all having to do (or even mostly having to do) with caring about how others see them (us). Some people I know like to set the thermostat to 72 or even 70 degrees, I keep my house warmer than that in the winter LOL! I only go if I’m really, really dying to see a film when it first comes out. :-) Plus our water is priced flat fee, so we wouldn’t save money going your way. I take frugality to an extreme most of the time, but I can’t really imagine keeping my future house at 56 degrees! Then dad would close the damper on the fire or let it go out during the day. As I dig deeper, I find evidence to the contrary or rather that you’d have to keep the house super cold in order to deter germs. Great way to say it: intentional living. I am totally confident that you’ll speed up your timeline as you go along. We have our house around 60 at night and I would keep it at 62 when we are there during the day/evenings, but he wants it warmer, so we typically have to bump it up to 65 after he complains (but not before.) 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. And that is really cheap heat without a lot of fuss. I know a post is coming on this whole frugality tourist notion, but while that one keeps cooking in my brain, I decided to look at our lives and see if there was any area in which we truly are frugal, and ask what that means for us. You’ve made a decision for yourself, choosing to trade some warmth for the ability to save more of your money. Step 2: google “cleaning service in my area” 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 do find many places keep the heat WAY too high for comfort. I keep my house at 57°F. What’s a good temperature to keep your bedroom at? Same goes for fleece sheets and a flannel duvet cover, and the occasional use of an electric mattress pad heater. Every single comment is a big deal to us, and we love how much we learn from things you share. ;-). If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician. The majority probably sets their thermostat based on average temperatures, or what they’re used to, or what the neighbors do. "Your bedroom is the most important room in the house in which to keep a humidifier going," says Kelleher. Moisture, as you know, makes the floor colder. Wow. Our best advice for feeling less sadness about not going to the movies is to move to a small town with no movie theatre. The books I recommend include affiliate links, and the revenue from them ($.50 or less per book purchased) covers a small fraction of the out-of-pocket costs of providing ad-free, unsponsored content to you at no charge. Now you don’t want to keep your home too cold or you will likely get sick for other reasons but by keeping your home a few degrees cooler, you can make it harder for germs to breed…. So, we have it pretty good down here in the southwest. The house is long since paid off — I did that all on my own before I got married — and I enjoy beautiful clothes and great restaurants. A cooler room means you’ll fall asleep quicker and you will sleep more deeply! $3 for 3 months. if you're under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, as long as you're comfortable use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but do not use both at the same time have at least 1 hot meal a day – eating regularly helps … Not the principle but the more extreme approach. During the colder parts of the year it’ll get all the way down to 70f inside and of course the fans go off and so does the AC. I recently have had a Millennial family member move in and she is constantly complaining about being cold. Ah, a fire. Taking pictures when the light is good is what elevates a snapshot to a quality picture. He has some interesting stuff on there from years back when he worked summers in Alaska and did various strenuous outdoor pursuits. Hi. By following our “exclusive” steps – provided to you free of charge – you too can come home to a clean house and have peace of mind. I love how the url for this post is “cold” – you guys are hilarious! But I just can’t pull the trigger on that. Fortunately it’s not that cold consistently, mostly owing to all the sunshine during the day! Like north of $450, which was the first gas bill we received after moving in, using the setting the previous owners had left on the thermostat, which was an entirely reasonable 66 degrees (19º C). 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. Well, I would have been wrong. :), Okay, sold. I also can’t fathom this. 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. :-) 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. I can comfortably wear my daily clothes and at night, am plenty comfortable sleeping in a t-shirt and underwear plus a ceiling fan on low. Your body does adjust! Traveling on the agency’s dime with next-to-zero expenses should allow for an insane savings rate if we play our cards right. Fall just barely started and the snow and freezing weather hit. I’m shooting for full retirement by 45 (29 now) and hoping to cut back to PRN (aka picking up a few shifts per month) by around 40. But the temperature? Expansion contraction of mainly metal objects. I had only thought of a few of them. We have had some really colder weather than usual. If you guys can survive living in the cold, more power to you! Love this post, it just confirms it is all personal and we all need to look at what is important to us. (It’s probably worth noting that I live in Minnesota, which doesn’t exactly help). I still can’t believe that you buy organic on $200 a month… do you eat like Gwyneth Paltrow?? I’ve read some of it. Keep reading to find out the possible risks and benefits of drinking cold water. :-). Keep in mind this is body temperature, not ambient temperature, and it’s true for degrees above and below your natural set point (usually 98.6ºF). A mother to five kids, Brittany began her journey of living naturally because she wanted the best for her kids. Did you know that bugs prefer warmer temps to breed and live? We generally keep our house at 19C but from 9:30 PM to 9 AM the thermostat is kept at 16C. I had a new one working its own set of logic been evaluated by the of! 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