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57. That's what I do...
and buy funky sweaters and turtlenecks with the money I save. I'd rather spend it on clothes. Actually, I'm sitting here right now in my 100% organic cotton watch cap, fleece sweatpants, thermal top long john and two pairs of cozy socks. Electric heat in my apartment..very costly.

I have it up to 64 degrees..it's cold outside!
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  -DU advice about keeping warmth in winter affordable? BelgianMadCow  Nov-28-07 01:43 PM   #0 
  - Wear layers of clothing and leave the heat down.  porphyrian   Nov-28-07 01:46 PM   #1 
  - Well I would but my SO  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 01:49 PM   #2 
  - Buy her a cashmere robe or a wool one  Mutineer   Nov-28-07 02:04 PM   #17 
  - Cashmere From China  otohara   Nov-28-07 03:41 PM   #82 
     - Goats are an invasive species around the world.  quantessd   Nov-28-07 08:22 PM   #115 
     - So, just get a vintage one from Scotland off eBay  debbierlus   Nov-29-07 12:21 PM   #149 
  - Space Heater  supernova   Nov-28-07 02:09 PM   #26 
  - That is a great tip considering my SO is cold natured too  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:26 PM   #40 
  - Here's the heater I have  supernova   Nov-28-07 02:34 PM   #46 
  - Heating Pad. I keep mine on low. Keep it on my back, or feet to get them warm.  OregonBlue   Nov-29-07 07:09 AM   #132 
  - That's a good tip if...  OnionPatch   Nov-29-07 08:17 AM   #133 
     - Nah, overall I use about  supernova   Nov-29-07 08:42 AM   #135 
     - You're not in California  OnionPatch   Nov-29-07 03:29 PM   #154 
     - I did that last year (space heater)  Le Taz Hot   Nov-29-07 08:46 AM   #137 
  - Maybe she wants YOU to keep her warm.  quantessd   Nov-28-07 02:10 PM   #28 
  - YOU, Ma'am, are pretty spot on  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:17 PM   #32 
  - If she gets warmer things, she'll be comfy.  knitter4democracy   Nov-28-07 03:19 PM   #72 
  - Oh, and warm socks...  porphyrian   Nov-28-07 03:31 PM   #78 
  - Get an electric throw blanket for her esp. if you get the solar panels  Shallah   Nov-28-07 04:29 PM   #89 
  - there are heating padds for beds that go under the sheets. awesome,  roguevalley   Nov-29-07 01:43 PM   #151 
     - Yep got one of those electric blanket bed toppers that go under for her too  Shallah   Nov-29-07 10:48 PM   #155 
  - That is a luxury...Can you afford it?  debbierlus   Nov-29-07 11:03 AM   #148 
  - That's what I do...  zidzi   Nov-28-07 02:44 PM   #57 
     - I love the cold, especially now that I'm overweight (well, I have been for some time now).  porphyrian   Nov-28-07 03:33 PM   #80 
        - Tallahassee.. You got  zidzi   Nov-28-07 03:43 PM   #84 
        - You can have all of the humidity you want. Please, take it!  porphyrian   Nov-28-07 03:53 PM   #85 
           - Spam? Is that  zidzi   Nov-28-07 04:19 PM   #88 
              - Points of clarification: It's the sweet potatoes that are purple  KamaAina   Nov-28-07 04:55 PM   #94 
              - Are congratulations in order for getting married, or was this a different Thanksgiving?  porphyrian   Nov-28-07 06:34 PM   #101 
              - Alas, it was this Thanksgiving  KamaAina   Nov-28-07 06:44 PM   #103 
                 - Duh, sorry, I somehow read "bachelor's party" into what you said.  porphyrian   Nov-28-07 06:52 PM   #107 
                 - I saw "bachelor" Thanksgiving dinner and  zidzi   Nov-28-07 07:03 PM   #111 
              - Thanks, KamaAina!  zidzi   Nov-28-07 06:44 PM   #102 
                 - I was only visiting in NJ  KamaAina   Nov-28-07 06:46 PM   #104 
                    - Okay..sorry, I  zidzi   Nov-28-07 07:01 PM   #110 
              - Oh, I love most food, which is part of my problem.  porphyrian   Nov-28-07 06:30 PM   #100 
                 - We're getting a real  zidzi   Nov-28-07 06:51 PM   #106 
                    - Ha! Random Ed. 101. And thanks, I plan on it. -n/t  porphyrian   Nov-28-07 06:58 PM   #109 
        - I am overweight and a human ice cube despite northern genes  Shallah   Nov-28-07 05:00 PM   #96 
           - Heh, maybe you're a mutant...  porphyrian   Nov-28-07 06:13 PM   #97 
              - it must be my ancestors worked in the warm like you suggest  Shallah   Nov-28-07 07:19 PM   #112 
  - A nice sweater/sweat pant ensemble works  NoMoreMyths   Nov-28-07 01:50 PM   #3 
  - The temp in my flat is 60-something, but very low.  no_hypocrisy   Nov-28-07 01:51 PM   #4 
  - I'm interested to know if you have an idea of the difference in consumption  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 01:56 PM   #10 
  - close off rooms you aren't using  Viva_La_Revolution   Nov-28-07 01:52 PM   #5 
  - The bedrooms we don't always, and the laundry/spare room never  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:09 PM   #25 
  - That's right..I only  zidzi   Nov-28-07 02:47 PM   #62 
  - check your attic. is the insulation deep enough? If not, put down  roguevalley   Nov-29-07 01:47 PM   #152 
  - I'm assuming you want inexpensive advice  SteelPenguin   Nov-28-07 01:53 PM   #6 
  - Towels  Turbineguy   Nov-28-07 01:56 PM   #7 
  - Yup, Definately  SteelPenguin   Nov-28-07 02:03 PM   #15 
  - Excellent suggestions, thanks SteelPenguin  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:04 PM   #16 
  - A few more suggestions  SteelPenguin   Nov-28-07 02:15 PM   #31 
  - on windows where you need the light but don't need to look out  AZDemDist6   Nov-29-07 12:14 AM   #122 
  - For single pane windows...  HereSince1628   Nov-28-07 01:56 PM   #8 
  - there is also a thin plastic-like product  Whisp   Nov-28-07 02:06 PM   #20 
     - Interesting Whisp, mentioned below as well. Have never seen it here  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:14 PM   #30 
     - It's actually very clear. We did all our windows with it  OurVotesCount-Ohio   Nov-28-07 02:21 PM   #38 
        - We put the extra plastic on the inside face of the storm window  hedgehog   Nov-28-07 11:47 PM   #118 
           - Good idea.  OurVotesCount-Ohio   Nov-29-07 10:27 AM   #145 
     - Yes, that creates a dead air space and cuts drafts...I was talking foam  HereSince1628   Nov-28-07 02:17 PM   #33 
     - I have used it before  conscious evolution   Nov-28-07 03:10 PM   #70 
  - Frequent Orgies.  CT_Progressive   Nov-28-07 01:56 PM   #9 
  - Now that is creative :D  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:05 PM   #18 
  - hmmm frequent orgies, huh  madokie   Nov-28-07 02:07 PM   #21 
  - You can't take a chance with those  NoMoreMyths   Nov-28-07 02:10 PM   #27 
  - A few ideas  JoDog   Nov-28-07 01:58 PM   #11 
  - Thanks JoDog  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:59 PM   #66 
  - I rely heavily on a wood stove for primary heating...  mike_c   Nov-28-07 02:01 PM   #12 
  - my advice is go and buy yourselves a pellet or corn burning stove  madokie   Nov-28-07 02:02 PM   #13 
  - Cross-reference to thread about pellet stoves  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 03:05 PM   #69 
  - Can you get the heat-activated shrink-wrap for the windows?  Ikonoklast   Nov-28-07 02:03 PM   #14 
  - I have really NEVER seen it round here, either in store or used...  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:45 PM   #60 
     - bubble wrap works well too if you don't need the view but want to keep the light  AZDemDist6   Nov-29-07 12:16 AM   #123 
     - ace carries it and home depot. I also caulked EVERYTHING.  roguevalley   Nov-29-07 01:39 PM   #150 
  - You are in Belgium? I assume that your winters are cold.  yardwork   Nov-28-07 02:05 PM   #19 
  - Our winters are moderate - nightly freezing pretty frequent but mild.  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:19 PM   #35 
  - heavy, lined curtains on the windows with valance boxes above  Warpy   Nov-28-07 02:07 PM   #22 
  - Wow. I did not know that about rhinoviruses. Thanks for the tip.  Dora   Nov-28-07 02:13 PM   #29 
  - Just keep the little rugrat dressed warmly  Warpy   Nov-28-07 02:21 PM   #36 
  - Our old family doctor that delivered all of us was from Poland,  Lars39   Nov-28-07 04:44 PM   #91 
     - I have a theory about that.  hedgehog   Nov-28-07 11:49 PM   #119 
     - I have a woodstove  Warpy   Nov-29-07 09:36 AM   #144 
  - Fingerless mitts in sockweight yarns are nice.  knitter4democracy   Nov-28-07 03:25 PM   #74 
  - A small suggestion  cosmik debris   Nov-28-07 02:08 PM   #23 
  - When you are just sitting, put a heating pad in your lap or on your back  JDPriestly   Nov-28-07 02:08 PM   #24 
  - I will ditto the "exercise in the house" tip.  Oregonian   Nov-28-07 02:21 PM   #37 
  - or a good old fashioned hot water bottle.  Whisp   Nov-28-07 02:43 PM   #56 
  - Economical solution: Capilene or silk long johns.  kestrel91316   Nov-28-07 02:18 PM   #34 
  - The capilene undies provide excellent bang for the buck, as does polypropylene  slackmaster   Nov-28-07 02:29 PM   #42 
  - thinking along the line of skiing / thermal underwear  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:38 PM   #49 
  - I have some silk ones I got on sale that I love.  knitter4democracy   Nov-28-07 03:27 PM   #75 
  - Personal Windmill - have you seen these?  supernova   Nov-28-07 02:23 PM   #39 
  - turby hell that sounds like a name w would use  madokie   Nov-28-07 02:30 PM   #44 
  - Was thinking along such lines too  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:36 PM   #48 
     - The Head Engineer  supernova   Nov-28-07 02:40 PM   #51 
  - Get cats and let them sleep with you  slackmaster   Nov-28-07 02:28 PM   #41 
  - We put blankets over our windows and one door that is in very bad  jwirr   Nov-28-07 02:30 PM   #43 
  - Cats  bob_weaver   Nov-28-07 02:32 PM   #45 
  - couple ideas  orleans   Nov-28-07 02:35 PM   #47 
  - I invested in a 100% wool blanket  JitterbugPerfume   Nov-28-07 02:38 PM   #50 
  - Where did you get it? (n/t)  harun   Nov-28-07 03:28 PM   #76 
  - at a flea market  JitterbugPerfume   Nov-28-07 03:54 PM   #86 
  - Down blankies help tons, too.  knitter4democracy   Nov-28-07 03:28 PM   #77 
  - What can be done about a dryer vent that lets in cold and drafts?  jwirr   Nov-28-07 02:41 PM   #52 
  - You can get a gravity-operated flapper that seals it reasonably well  slackmaster   Nov-28-07 02:43 PM   #55 
  - Inside-the--house dryer vent?  aikoaiko   Nov-28-07 02:59 PM   #65 
  - All good sugestions.  Froward69   Nov-28-07 02:42 PM   #53 
  - It doesn't feel like christmas, unless there's plastic covering the windows  BelgianMadCow   Nov-29-07 02:12 AM   #127 
     - Collectively as a family  Froward69   Nov-29-07 09:30 AM   #141 
  - I keep the temperature in my apartment at 65F (about 18C) and  Lydia Leftcoast   Nov-28-07 02:42 PM   #54 
  - Use gallons instead of litres -- they're bigger  aikoaiko   Nov-28-07 02:44 PM   #58 
  - Many years ago  Wilber_Stool   Nov-28-07 02:45 PM   #59 
  - SO's dress code is gonna be: (:-D)  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 02:49 PM   #63 
  - a good old fashioned old country down quilt.  Whisp   Nov-28-07 02:46 PM   #61 
  - Kotatsu  JHB   Nov-28-07 02:52 PM   #64 
  - bundle  aikoaiko   Nov-28-07 03:02 PM   #67 
  - Build frames that fit inside windows. Attach clear plastic to the frames  alfredo   Nov-28-07 03:02 PM   #68 
  - Read this thread in 'Frugal and Energy Efficient Living Group'!  troubleinwinter   Nov-28-07 03:10 PM   #71 
  - Plastic over the windows  ayeshahaqqiqa   Nov-28-07 03:23 PM   #73 
  - I was reading online about success in using saran wrap  harun   Nov-28-07 03:32 PM   #79 
     - great points!  ayeshahaqqiqa   Nov-28-07 03:42 PM   #83 
     - bubble wrap works well too n/t  AZDemDist6   Nov-29-07 12:35 AM   #124 
  - Electric Throws & Blankets - Sunbeam  otohara   Nov-28-07 03:35 PM   #81 
  - I got one of the matress pad electric blankets for my Nana who adores it  Shallah   Nov-28-07 04:51 PM   #92 
  - I have an electric throw in my office and when really cold use  OmmmSweetOmmm   Nov-29-07 09:35 AM   #143 
  - I have to check out for the night - but thanks for the input all!! Maybe a couple recs?  BelgianMadCow   Nov-28-07 04:18 PM   #87 
  - Does your country have tax credits for energy saving home improvements like new windows?  Shallah   Nov-28-07 04:41 PM   #90 
  - Close off the heating vents in rooms not used much  SoCalDem   Nov-28-07 04:54 PM   #93 
  - also, do that with the dishwasher. lots of heat from the drying and  roguevalley   Nov-29-07 02:18 PM   #153 
  - We had a week-long power outage last year  JulieRB   Nov-28-07 04:58 PM   #95 
  - Take a hot shower before getting into bed  taught_me_patience   Nov-28-07 06:15 PM   #98 
  - candles, and lots of them.  QuestionAll   Nov-28-07 06:17 PM   #99 
  - but be very careful with open flames  eShirl   Nov-29-07 04:39 AM   #129 
  - I don't know what your numbers are, nor what house is like, however I'll throw a few things out  MadHound   Nov-28-07 06:48 PM   #105 
  - Here in Germany, we have the same problem  DFW   Nov-28-07 06:54 PM   #108 
  - Little things  Withywindle   Nov-28-07 07:21 PM   #113 
  - Here's a couple of great books, easy to do, "Movable Insulation", Langdon &  NoFederales   Nov-28-07 08:04 PM   #114 
  - I turn on the heat for a half an hour to warm up the house in the evening, then jump into bed  robinlynne   Nov-28-07 11:15 PM   #116 
  - Single pane is like having the windows open.  Gregorian   Nov-28-07 11:18 PM   #117 
  - Oops. No batteries.  Gregorian   Nov-29-07 08:44 AM   #136 
  - electric blankets at night  IronLionZion   Nov-29-07 12:01 AM   #120 
  - portable heater (just be careful not to used frayed cords or extension cords)  Liberty Belle   Nov-29-07 12:10 AM   #121 
  - Tankless Water Heater  Wednesdays   Nov-29-07 12:46 AM   #125 
  - Down, fleece and sheepskin  gateley   Nov-29-07 12:50 AM   #126 
  - wearing a fleece (like Polarfleece, not sweatshirts) scarf indoors REALLY helps  eShirl   Nov-29-07 04:35 AM   #128 
  - Humidity  skids   Nov-29-07 07:01 AM   #130 
  - We use a pellet stove during the day and turn the heat off at night.  Vinca   Nov-29-07 07:05 AM   #131 
  - Some advice  Danascot   Nov-29-07 08:19 AM   #134 
  - I'm menopausal and overweight.  Le Taz Hot   Nov-29-07 08:50 AM   #138 
  - On North/cold walls hang thick fabric  windoe   Nov-29-07 09:00 AM   #139 
  - Go to Venezuela and kindly ask for some developement aid.  Smith_3   Nov-29-07 09:02 AM   #140 
  - For sleeping, I use a good down comforter and when extra cold, use an electric blanket. Very toasty.  OmmmSweetOmmm   Nov-29-07 09:33 AM   #142 
  - Buy two or three dogs, then sleep with them every night. nt  bemildred   Nov-29-07 10:27 AM   #146 
  - We use one of these in the bedroom at night and turn down the central heat:  IDemo   Nov-29-07 10:55 AM   #147 
     - Wood Stove Advice  OxQQme   Nov-30-07 12:45 AM   #156 
 

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