Overheard near the Thermostat

M: “Did you HEAR what they just said on the news?  72 is the optimal temperature for energy savings.”

Chichimama: “Yeah, for a New Yorker, maybe.  Just think how much MORE we are saving by keeping the thermostat at 64.”

M: “I didn’t grow up in New England you know.”

Chichimama: “Yeah, well, I did.  64 is plenty warm.”

M: “Hmmph.”



  1. Stop torturing your family, girl! Poor things … LOL

    How about a happy medium — 68 during the day and 62 at night. Though I do tick it up to 69 or 70 if I’m feeling a bit chilly. 🙂

  2. We keep it at 68* during the day, lower at night. 64* is a bit chilly, even .by my northern Michigan standards 😉

    I’d love to hear the logic by which 72* is “optimal”

  3. Oh man and I thought that 68 was hard core. I turn it down to 64 at night but then I like sleeping cold so that I can snuggle under a lot of blankets.

  4. In deference to M, I actually tick it up to 66/67 in the morning when he is showering. But with slippers and a sweater, 64 is actually totally tolerable during the day. At night I keep it at 58, which only becomes an issue for us if one of the kids is up and we have to get out of bed :-). They wear blanket sleepers still, and sleep under down duvets, so they’ll actually start sweating some nights! The cats get picky though…I had to get Lazy Cat a big ole fuzzy cocoon to sleep in…

  5. I only keep it at 65, but not during the workweek daytime, when I keep it at 58 and stay in the living room by the wood stove.

  6. We tried 67/66 two winters ago, but I couldn’t take the chill. We bumped it back up to 68 during the day, and 62 at night. The kids are night wakers and there’s a limit to what I can endure.

    72? Seriously? That makes no sense at all to me.

    I do want someone to explain why 75 feels chilly during the summer but 73 feels dry and dusty during the winter, though.

  7. Oddly enough, while I’m the person in the family most likely to be cold, Politica is the one who keeps nudging the thermostat upwards, as she gets quite cold on days when she’s working at home (largely sitting still). I aim for 68 at home (60 at night) but we frequently have temperature wars.

  8. AM would be more than happy to come snuggle with Lazy Cat, I think. 😉

    I would love to have some control over our heat–instead of opening windows when the steam gets too high. But our apartment is at least moderate; a friend in a different line roasts all winter.

  9. 70 is too hot for the house….but I do have Jody’s same question about why it feels different summer vs. winter.

    I keep it at 66/67 when we’re home and 60/62 at night and when we’re away. And I just got new programmable thermostats–yay!

  10. I prefer 70 during the day and 65 at night. The cold winds here demand a warmer temp.

  11. I had to do a quick conversion, but 72! I would melt. 66 during the day for us and 59 at night. It is cold, but put a sweater on and your fine. Really I am too cheap for a big heating bill :).

  12. Wow. I thought I was stingy at 68. We turn it down to 62 during the night because we still have babies that kick the covers off and a blanket sleeper isn’t enough.

    Alec put in a 4-stage, 7-day programmable thermostat a few years ago and I think that has saved us a ton of money. It also helps me to get to bed on time because when it goes off for the night it gets cold – if I go to bed on time I’m in bed before it gets too bad and I don’t have to warm up the sheets so much!

  13. Remind me to pack a heating pad if I ever make it to your place in cool months ;). My FIL and MIL both keep their houses at that temperature, and I just can’t do it. At the same time, I would be happy to turn our furnace down for you if you ever make it up our way!

  14. Hilarious. I’d need it at least at 72!

  15. We have this same argument every year!! I tell them (kids included) to get a blanket and wear warmer P.J.’s

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