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Old 01-21-06, 11:53 AM
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Wearing a balaclava + 2 sheets of regular bedding + 1 Vellux bed cloth = Low cost sleeping enjoyment.

For those of you who don't know, San Diego CAN get cold during the nights. I think it was about 40-45 degrees last night. I know. I know. Boo. Hoo. But for someone like me who doesn't have heating in my apartment, my place can get freakin cold. Since I'm on a budget and I don't want to use the provided electric heater, I've resorted to using my balaclava that I would normally wear for cold weather riding.
A normal winter hat just slides off during sleep, but since a balaclava fully encloses one's head, it's ensured to stay on during the cold nights.

I just thought this tip can help someone else with the heating bill.
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Old 01-21-06, 11:58 AM
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This tip will help with someone who lives in mild weather climates with warm days and cool nights. I don't think someone on the Northeast would want to try this, though it can help with $$$ if your poor like me.
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Old 01-21-06, 12:03 PM
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My best friend lives in San Diego. Sometimes she starts whimpering about how cold she is but I don't give her any sympathy.
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My best friend lives in San Diego. Sometimes she starts whimpering about how cold she is but I don't give her any sympathy.
Rightly so, the only reason I moved to San Diego was because of the weather. I've learned to live cheaply by not having to pay for heating.
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Old 01-21-06, 05:37 PM
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Have you tried a ceramic heater? Try this website- they have radient heaters as well as ceramic heaters: http://www.improvementscatalog.com/h...1-Heaters.html

If you have a ceiling fan, you have to reverse the fan during the winter months so it blows the heat back down. If you get the ceramic heater/humidifier, and you use it with the ceiling fan, that may help.

Also, get some track suits. People for some reason want to walk around in their underwear instead of doing the simple stuff like put on a sweatsuit and socks. You can also get a heavy robe to wear in the evenings when you're chillin at home. When I'm cold in the evenings, I'll change into my night clothes and put on this big heavy cotton robe I got from Target, and I'll slip on some socks. It works every time.

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Old 01-21-06, 05:39 PM
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Oh, and electric blankets work wonders. I had an electric blanket for years in Chicago-toasty warm every time!

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Old 01-21-06, 05:42 PM
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if i didn't live with anyone, i'd never use the heater. a sweater, sweat pants, and wool socks is really all you need. my father never used heat either and there was a few times in our house that you could see your breath. i've had cheapness ingrained in me from an early age.
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I would not go to the point of seeing my breath.... pipes can get frozen below a certain temperature, and the thought of ruining the apartment and the ones below it means it's not too cheap to have SOME heat. But for some reason, people want to turn their heater to 80 degrees in the winter, then turn it way down to 60 degrees in the summer. I say 69 degrees year round is perfect- nothing wrong with that temperature, and that's easy to maintain.

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yep - i hate that drastic temp difference between outside and inside. doesn't make a lot of sense. in college my old roommate would keep inching the heat up and i'd keep inching it down. after we got the gas bill he saw it my way.
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Originally Posted by 531phile
I don't think someone on the Northeast would want to try this, though it can help with $$$ if your poor like me.
As someone in the Northeast, I can tell you that we're just laughing our asses off at you!! Sleep in a balaclava?? When it's only 40* outside??? We have a term for people that wimpy... but I don't think the mods will let me use it here.

I don't put anything over my face when I'm camping and it's below freezing! Or wear anything over my face skiing unless it's in the single digits.

40*? Couple blankets ought to cover that! (Pun intended.)
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Originally Posted by skiahh
As someone in the Northeast, I can tell you that we're just laughing our asses off at you!! Sleep in a balaclava?? When it's only 40* outside??? We have a term for people that wimpy... but I don't think the mods will let me use it here.

I don't put anything over my face when I'm camping and it's below freezing! Or wear anything over my face skiing unless it's in the single digits.

40*? Couple blankets ought to cover that! (Pun intended.)
I lived in Providence, RI for about 20 years of my life. 6 months of bad weather + 3 months of so so + 3 months of great weather= why does one need to live that way?

I'm not a wimp. I rode from Providence to Worester Mass in the dead of winter once.
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I would take a cold house any day
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My wife is my personal space heater. She emits so much heat that I'll start to sweat if I have anything more than a sheet and our down comforter covering me. I might sleep in a t-shirt and flannel boxers if it gets too cold down here, but usually just sleep in boxers.

And yes, I know that high 30's-low 40's isn't cold. I grew up in Wisconsin. Cold sucks.
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Old 01-21-06, 11:15 PM
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ugh, cold does suck. I live in NH, i know cold all to well. I always found 62 to be the ideal temperature in winter. The most effective way to stay warm I have found is wearing socks. Socks to bed, and socks+slippers in the evening.
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HOT WATER BOTTLES!!!!!!!!!!!



When i lived in Ireland as a kid, nothin beat getting into bed with one of these puppies ready to warm you up.
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Old 01-21-06, 11:59 PM
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I never liked the hot water bottle. The cap would sometimes not hold, then the water would spill over your bed. Uuugh.

I did read a Nancy Drew book once where the pearls were hidden in a hot water bottle, and the hot water bottle was accidentally switched with another one while they were on the train or something. :-/ Ummmmm... odd.

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The problem with ceramic heaters is the noise. Mine's pretty loud because you're forcing a lot of air through very tiny slits in a block of ceramic.
There are some metal coil fan heaters slightly less loud.
For night time I still prefer a a radiant heater, as long as you don't mind the glow. Just have a small fan constantly on circulating the air.
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I keep my apartment at 59.5*F, with shades up during the day, it'll warm up to the mid 60's, even if the high is only in the lower 30's. At night, I keep a down conforter up over my head, and what not. But I like the cold...

Or you can do what my neighbors did below me, install a new gas heater and have the plumber hook up MY gas line to it. My gas bill (oil heat, gas stove and hot water heater) went from $10 to $300 since they kept their place at 80*.
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I used to do HVAC, and now I install windows. If you want to save money on heating, and unlike 531phile you have a furnace, you can cover your windows with celophane plastic wrap. You make it stick with a hair dryer, and cut off the excess with a razor knife. It will be a little blurry, but you will still see out of it. Styrofoam board will work even better, but obviously, it will look aweful.

The last option is insulating between the studs. You can rent an insulation blower for about 75 bucks a day, and I'm not sure how much the insulation will cost, but its cheap. What this process involves is drilling holes in the wall, and filling it up between each stud. Then you put in pre made drywall circles and repaint your walls when you're all done. Its time consuming and very messy, but it should cut your heating bill in half, especially if you have good windows or cover them as described above.

You can also fill it from the outside, but that is a legitimate pain in the ass, since you will be on a ladder with a big hose, pulling off siding trying not to wreck it. You then have to drill a hole through the plywood, fill it up, and put the siding back on, again trying not to wreck it. Especially for the average homeowner, that process can really suck.

Edit: Another good benifit to modern insulation is that its fire resistant. Despite being partly made from old newspapers, nearby nails will melt before modern insulation will catch on fire. When you fill up the gaps in you studs with it, thereby removing most of the air, you house becomes more fire resistant.

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