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  • tommy b. 8 months ago
    Today
  • Terry M. 8 months ago
    Well I learned something new today, thanks to Celia R.!!! Looked up hygge! Great word!!!
  • Vicki R. 8 months ago
    we wear thick socks to keep feet warm, two layers tops, several blankets to keep us warm. we keep our heater temperature @ 62 to 65 depending how cold outside. also, a portable heater for one room to sleep with all doors closed. another portable heater for garage where laundry room is due to pipes. hardly use candles even it is soy or bee made candles cuz of smokes from cotton wicks to gray my walls/ceilings.
  • Celia R. 8 months ago
    When I grew up in a poor neighborhood, most families spent the winters gathered together in the kitchen. The cooking helped heat the room, as did their (own) warm bodies. I'll bet they had a lot more hygge than that poor woman sitting alone trying to keep her bare feet warm with most of the heat from the fireplace going up the chimney.
  • Randy F. 8 months ago
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    * WARNING! *

    DON'T TURN YOUR THERMOSTAT DOWN TO 58'f or lower if it is ZerO Degrees outside!

    Or at least investigate your own household needs before going that low.

    While you save some pennies per hour, your wallboards and paint will crack, peel, and possibly fall over time with such major shifts in temperature and humidity. Plus, there is no tempering of sorts when you suddenly kick the heat up 10-20 degrees at one time when the rooms are so cold [with outside temps 20 or lower]
    Materials require gradual adjusting. Now Plumbing, if you have basement with pipes, especially unheated, you risk a pipe break and severe water damage AND power loss if the water temps go below 30. Burst Pipes are NOT worth being THAT green!!! If you are going to risk it, please consider opening cupboard doors with pipes inside, let the faucet very slowly drip, and / or roll heating tape that plugs in around unheated pipes. If you can, check print or internet sources for safety and accuracy,

    I think this author should have been MORE RESPONSIBLE in reporting the warnings!

    So many article FORGET to warn of the pitfalls! )-:

    Like Fake News, don't just leap to believe & do everything your told to!!!
    Regardless of the source. (YES, THAT INCLUDES checking my CLAIMS TOO!).

    IT'S ALWAYS BETTER TO TO ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION - ESPECIALLY DURING SEVERE WEATHER.

    Please Be Careful.

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    • Angela A. 8 months ago
      I appreciate you taking the time to remind others of looking at the whole picture of their situation, before implementing a suggestion that may bring an unwanted result. Thanks to you and the author for trying to help people protect both their homes and the environment. :-)
    • Randy F. 8 months ago
      Thank You for taking time to reply.

      As for my message intensity, I am currently a victim of not fact-checking this topic and have thousands of dollars worth of wall/ ceiling damages not including the peeling segments of walls that I can repair myself. So this topic is quite personal to me and I may have come across a tad too strong. Thank you for your diplomacy, kindness, and grace.
    • Randy F. 8 months ago
      ~ To All That Read These Comments:

      My intensity may have come off a little too passionately and a little less kind than I would have liked.
      I was speaking from personal experience and currently have thousands of dollars worth of wall / ceiling damage that I am untrained to repair nor afford to hire out/ replace. The damage took several years to notice but the peeling paint was the eye opener. My issues developed from
      A.) Turning the heat down . . . turning it up too rapidly.
      B.) Keeping the heat shut off / doors shut to unused rooms,
      C.) Buying an ultra efficient furnace that sucks all the moisture out of the air & drains it away .
      D.) Not knowing the importance of the costly "April Air" installation to replace the lost moisture.
      E). Having an older house with original, less forgiving, wallboard & paint.

      Luckily, I learned early on about freezing pipes and have had good luck thus far preventing them. Some of my loved ones have not been so lucky.

      So, if you care to, help save the environment; save some money; but also use good judgement to save your home from damage and the fear & stress that it causes.
    • Jessica J. 8 months ago
      You make good points! I got the information directly from the U.S. Department of Energy, and after doing a little research I couldn't find any information about the consequences you mentioned. But it definitely makes sense to be mindful of pipes freezing during very cold days. Thanks for the reminder!
    • Randy F. 8 months ago
      I'm sure there is a literary quote somewhere in history about learning things through Self Discovery/ Friends & Family Versus what Books, News Media, Directions, or the Government might tell you (-:
      These unexpected pitfalls can happen to all kinds of people, like new home owners that had parents taking care of all these things, or people used to living in apartments that had "super's" keeping guard . . .

      Neighbors, here in the east, that were on winter vacation hadn't planned for -20* degree windchill temps (or set the thermostat accordingly) when they left home and their finished basement was destroyed by burst pipes. Carpets, Paintings, Electronics and all.

      ~ Sometimes it's the littlest differences/ changes that can wreak havoc ~
      (in MANY Aspects Of Life)

      While it is nice to learn on our own, learning through others' headaches as a preventative can be a great thing sometimes.
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