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Old Jan 14th 2006, 12:56 am
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OMG - just got our first Winter heating bill through. It jumped by $200 in December to $350.

Wondered if anyone had any cost cutting tips for us (apart from putting more clothes on :-). We have the thermostat set to 72 degrees (still too chilly for me) when we are in the house and then at 60 degrees when we're out. We've been using the gas fire a lot so hubby has decreed that will stop.

Colleagues all seem to have their heating set at 68 degrees when they are in the house, and then at 62 degree's when they're out. They seem to think the big differential - 12 degree's (72 to 60) may also be costing us more money
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OMG - just got our first Winter heating bill through. It jumped by $200 in December to $350.

Wondered if anyone had any cost cutting tips for us (apart from putting more clothes on :-). We have the thermostat set to 72 degrees (still too chilly for me) when we are in the house and then at 60 degrees when we're out. We've been using the gas fire a lot so hubby has decreed that will stop.

Colleagues all seem to have their heating set at 68 degrees when they are in the house, and then at 62 degree's when they're out. They seem to think the big differential - 12 degree's (72 to 60) may also be costing us more money
Ouch, sore subject around here, I was trying to re-programme the bloody control panel last night, time to break out the long Johns
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Ouch, sore subject around here, I was trying to re-programme the bloody control panel last night, time to break out the long Johns
We were talking about this at work and it seems that most people have their houses pretty chilly out here...such a contrast to the UK where our house's are toasty warm in Winter.

Mind you, quite ridiculous really, it's only because I've got used to central heating - and we only got that at home when I was 14 and then when I went off to Uni I lived in student accomodation for a good 6 years without it.

Guess we'll get used to it - can't bear to part with $350 again next month!!
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P.S. I'll give it an hour before a Florida expat posts, "What's a heating bill?"
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P.S. I'll give it an hour before a Florida expat posts, "What's a heating bill?"
you beat me to it.... we have our air con on about 99% of the time... set to around 75
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you beat me to it.... we have our air con on about 99% of the time... set to around 75
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P.S. I'll give it an hour before a Florida expat posts, "What's a heating bill?"
well I'm in Texas and right now my heat is on at 75... and I'm wearing a cardi... I haven't seen the bill yet but it's got to be lower than our Summer bills :scared:
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P.S. I'll give it an hour before a Florida expat posts, "What's a heating bill?"
Bugger's aren't they!!
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Bugger's aren't they!!
Told ya
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well I'm in Texas and right now my heat is on at 75... and I'm wearing a cardi... I haven't seen the bill yet but it's got to be lower than our Summer bills :scared:

So how much are you paying for ac in summer??
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So how much are you paying for ac in summer??
just over $250 but it's a 3 bedroom one story...larger houses larger bills.....and we were still hot!!
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just over $250 but it's a 3 bedroom one story...larger houses larger bills.....and we were still hot!!

Holy cow!! We are in a 3 bedroomed house but it's two storey with a basement too. Actually I think we're going to start living in the basement, it's cool in Summer and warm in Winter.
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Holy cow!! We are in a 3 bedroomed house but it's two storey with a basement too. Actually I think we're going to start living in the basement, it's cool in Summer and warm in Winter.
Ummm, thats because your furnace is in the Basement, it's leaking hot air
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Ummm, thats because your furnace is in the Basement, it's leaking hot air
Wish it would leak it upstiars instead
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Wish it would leak it upstiars instead
We have the same problem, hot basement, warm ground floor, cold 1st floor (that's British ground/1st)

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