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  1. Missy

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    We usually keep our A/C set at about 77 degrees. With this heat wave it still seems too warm at that setting. I had to turn it down to 75, but I am trying to do my part by not doing laundry, running the vacuum cleaner, or turning on the stove or oven!:)
     
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    When I was in the USA I kept my my AC at 85 and my heat at 60. My electric bill was like $12/month :D
     
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    I usually keep mine at 77, but have had mine turned down to 75 the last few days as well! It's funny, though--77 in this apartment is really cool, where in my last one I had to keep it several degrees cooler for it to feel comfortable.
     
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    Adding a fan may help: moving air generally feels cooler than still air.
     
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    My living room and bedroom face the south- in NC. I live in a hot box. 68 in the summer, 66 in the winter.

    However, not all thermostats/air conditioners are created equally. I'd get frostbite at 68 at my mom's house.
     
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    During the summer, we keep our AC at 72. During the winter, we keep our house at 74 degrees. We definitely pay for it in the summertime, but my husband and I will pay that extra cost for cool comfort. We both like it to be slightly chilly.
     
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    I keep the ac at 79. I have dark out curtains in the main living area and fans going. I could keep it higher but the kids get uncomfortable.

    We have never run the heat. I keep the windows open when ever the ac isn't running.
     
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    We keep a very cool/cold house. In the summer, our AC is set to 68-70 during the day, 65-68 at night. Our house has an open floor plan, is fairly energy efficient, and doesn't have too many windows on the south/west sides, so our summer electric bills aren't too bad at all.

    In the winter, we continue to keep a cool/cold house. We don't usually turn on the heat at all, maybe once or twice during the winter when it gets below freezing. We prefer bundling up in sweats and throwing an extra blanket and all the creatures on the bed for a two-dog-and-one-cat night. :)
     
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    75-77 during the day...sometimes as low as 73 at night, because I can't stand being hot at night.

    Heat around 70-72 in the winter.
     
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    78 but that is with a fan on.
     
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    Ceiling fans in every room are a must for me. I keep it set at 74. In winter, I never turn on the heat, even when we have rare mornings as low as 58. I wish I could leave the thermostat at 72 in the summer .......
     
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    I think between 75-77...
    I have all the shades closed, been doing laundry late at night and haven't used the oven at all!!!
    We have those plastic things that direct the ac more middle of the room instead of blowing straight up... I told hubby we need those for all the rooms!!
     
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    AC is usually 79, (77 or 78 with guests.) We turn it to 81 when we aren't home. We have only used the heat a few times, I think about 68ish. We use fans to help.
     
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    I am the same way. Mine is set to 70 degrees right now, but sometimes I put it as low as 68. I keep it around 73-74 in the winter.
     
  16. Missy

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    We do have ceiling fans in most rooms.

    Just had a thunderstorm go through, and if possible, it got even more humid! Enough!

    I would never make it in Las Vegas, Caesar.
     
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    74-78 during the day.
    72-75 at night.

    My electric bill is $85 a month and I run it every day. It's a good price compared to my apartment, which was 500 square feet smaller! It's also way lower than my parents'.
     
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    It can be tough, that's for sure! You just learn to get used to it and spend as much time as possible indoors. One thing that has always struck me as funny is that in Vegas the best parking spot is the one in the shade, even if it's 200 feet away from the building! :lol:
     
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    Missy, it's probably still the case that the heat in Vegas is dry heat. I wasn't thrilled in 110 degrees F with humidity in the teens, but I could cope; put me in 90 degrees with 90+ humidity, however, and ... well, it's not pretty.
     
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    A/c on 74, ceiling fans on in every room. It's a little warm upstairs, but tis down-right frigid downstairs (tile floors).

    We've never turned on the heat in our place. I'm a little scared to at this point... all that dust in the ducts!
     
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    We keep ours about 69-72.
     
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    Oh, definitely the humidity makes any temperature much worse.

    The two summers we lived in ND it regularly hit the low nineties, but with no humidity it was just hot, not unbearable.
     
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    No humidity in ND? That's unusual. It's not as humid as, say, Florida, but there was always a fair amount of humidity there when I lived there.
     
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    I keep my AC set at 72 degrees 24/7 in the warm/hot months.

    My gas/electric bill is generally about $350/month in May-October.

    The way I see it is that I work waaaay too hard to sit at home and feel unfortable/sweaty.
     
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    I keep my thermostat on 74 in the summer, which keeps my house at 72. That's comfy enough. I'd prefer it cooler at night, so I have a fan in there. I don't adjust up or down. I have an old thermostat. It's bet to leave it alone. I'm paying between $85-125 a month in electric.

    I keep my heat on 62 in winter because it gets too warm otherwise. I pay between $65-85 a month for gas.
     
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    Well, we were in the SW area, and it sure didn't seem humid to us (we had just moved from Michigan).
     
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    We keep ours on 78-80 during the warm months and 68 during the cold ones.

    We also have ceiling fans and have an oscillating fan in the bedroom. I used a throw when I took a nap on the couch this afternoon.
     
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    We keep the ac on about 70 because of the humidity. We have ceiling fans going and other fans, too. I tried to keep it at 73 one day and worked up a sweat just walking through the house. I can handle dry heat but the icky sticky humidity gets to me big time.

    They want us to keep the AC in the classroom on 75. YEAH RIGHT! SMOTHERING STICKY if I did. Nope, sorry! I will if someone comes and checks the thermostat. But when they leave, I'll fix it back to my "normal".
     
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    We keep it 74-77 24/7 in the summer. The ONE advantage to living in 670 square feet is that it costs next to nothing to keep it cool or heated. :D
     
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    I wish we had a basement or one of those underground houses. It would be cooler.
     
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    I've never lived in a place with AC, regardless of how nice! It's not too bad, the weather only gets really hot for a short time and it's not humid. We do have ceiling fans in most rooms, and it's generally fine. We only get hot during heat waves, and it's because we live in an old house. When I lived in a newer place, it didn't get too hot indoors.
     
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    I'm surprised by many of these settings. Reason being, my family has been really rude when it comes to our settings. When we're at home and awake it's typically 74 in the warmer months and 68 during colder weather. If people come over, we adjust it for their comfort. They've actually discussed it "behind my back" about how stingy we are and actually imply that my husband is keeping me in inhospitable conditions. :|

    Once Mother had to come in my house for just a minute or two before we left for a family function. It was far below freezing outside and we had it set to 63...sure, seems really cold, but I didn't think there was a need to make the machine run non-stop and in emergency mode to keep up in order to make it a few degrees warmer. Besides, we were leaving for the day. Anyway, I noticed she was shivering while she waited (dramatic!), and of course I was thinking she just got out of a freezing car as it didn't have time to heat between her house and mine and inside my home was much warmer! Anyway, my sister later told me she was discussing it with her as if I had offended her by making her stand in my cold house for literally two, maybe three minutes, and that my husband is just awful to keep it so cold. I was annoyed. So ridiculous.

    I guess they'd die in your homes in the upper 70s. :rolleyes:
     
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    That does sound a bit dramatic, JustMe!

    I have friends who set their A/C everywhere from 68 to 80.

    Hoping we get our promised cool-down today.
     
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    Usually 76 in the summer, but sometimes 75 if I have a hot moment. In the winter, usually 68. I like to bundle up, and we have five animals who like to snuggle, so it works out. One summer we had a pregnant dog sitter who kept it set so cold it started to freeze up. Our power bill that month was crazy, so we will not be doing that again...
     
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    It is cooler and we have used it during the dat. I love basement in fall when it's warm because ground is so warm!!!
     
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    It's 10:30am. The heat index is already 98. Every one of my windows is covered in condensation. The dog has refused to fetch, which is his most favorite thing in the whole wide world.

    It's definitely going to be a "hit the pool and retreat inside to the a/c" kind of day.
     
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    74-75 during the day and 69 at night. I live near houston and it is extremely humid. That is pretty much the same temps as everyone I know. School keeps it about 72 or so.
     
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    I keep mine at 76 in the summer. My last electricity bill was $180, which surprised me. I also use fans in the living room and bedroom. I have no idea what I have it set in the winter, and I usually only run it for a little while to take off the chill.
     
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    While we are lucky to have A/C at school, they keep it between 78 and 80, so it can still get pretty nasty.
     
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    Ever since I moved into my apt a year ago, I NEVER adjusted my thermostat because the A/C & heat were to my liking already. My A/C seems to be 80. It gets cool fast in here & I have 2 ceiling fans in my place, which are a big help!
     
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    Window air conditioners at home do not have a setting. We do not turn them on until 80 in the house.

    In the winter, house is set at 60. We light a fire in the fireplace if needed and on weekends. My family visits and complains. I always show them my bill and they are surprised at how low it is. I also tell them that no one has suffered from heat exhaustion or hyperthermia yet. HAHAHAHAH
     

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