Any of you minimilast/luddite types one just turn off the heat in their house/apt for the winter? The house I bought last year has an old oil fueled bioler with antique steam radiators. Its a super inefficient system, and I have come to realize that simply learning to live without heat (or minimal heat) is going to be much cheaper than upgrading the system to something more efficient. I have not used any heat yet this year and the house was a chill 51 degrees this morning (it was 37 outside), and to my surprise, none of my family complained. I'm wondering how low I can go before they start to notice. I'm thinking of closing off a single "cozy room" and just heating that one room in the evenings, and weekends, with a space heater, and for the rest of the house set the thermostat to about 40, so the pipes don't freeze.
To make this bike related, I discovered there is less incentive to stay indoors when its not much colder outside. I have also found that the incentive to cook your own food is much greater, since the oven warms the kitchen.