Happy New Year everyone!
Our family spent New Year’s Eve at the neighbor’s house with our other neighbor and their kids. When you have kids, this is really the best option. Usually, we just all go out to an early dinner and then attempt to stay up to watch the ball drop. In our younger days, we would actually get dressed up on New Year’s Eve and head out to some fancy party or a really late dinner in a nice restaurant. In fact, before I knew my husband, I did the whole Times Square craziness one year. That was back in the day when New Year’s Eve in Times Square was less structured and you could walk around with a bottle of champagne in your hand. I feel so old now…
Last night we had a relaxed dinner. The 6 adults dined on lobster and champagne while the 6 kids had ham with macaroni and cheese. We were all happy with that arrangement! All together, there were four 8 year-old’s and two 6 year-old’s. They all managed to make to midnight to see the ball drop! In fact, they were having so much fun, I don’t think we left until around 1:00 am!
While we were there, the subject of house temperatures came up. The neighbor who used our shower during the power outage was laughing about how warm we keep our house – even while running the generator. It never really occurred to me. Generally, we keep the temperature at 71 degrees during the day and sometimes I turn it down to 70 degrees at night. Everyone thought we were nuts! Both of my neighbors keep theirs in the high 60’s during the day and turn it down to a frigid 58 degrees at night!
Now let me ask you – does that sound insane to you? Or are we the insane ones? I like to be toasty warm all the time, whether I am in my bed or hanging out around the house. I don’t want to freeze to death if I have to go to the bathroom during the night and I don’t want to feel too cold to get out of bed in the morning.
Or course, one of my many New Year’s Resolutions is to not be wasteful and to spend less money. You can guess that my husband is definitely on board with that plan! Anyway, this heating conversation got me thinking. How warm do we really need to keep the house? Maybe I should just throw on an extra sweater during the day and an extra blanket or two during the night…So, even though I absolutely hate being cold, I am going to try lowering the temperature a bit and see how we all feel.
But I am curious…what temperature do you keep your house during the day and at night?