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Introducing the First Annual No Heat Challenge

October 1st, 2008 at 11:01 pm

As I recall, it's usually sometime in early October when I have to turn the heat on. It's been awfully warm here lately, so I have high hopes of perhaps setting a new record for living without heat. Care to join me??




34 Responses to “Introducing the First Annual No Heat Challenge”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    Oooh - LOVE the cabinet!

    I don't know about the heat. September was 10-20 degrees hotter than usual. (May was cool). So, at this rate, I can make it to December, easy.

    I am sure usually we have some heat days in October (though few). & I am thinking it is likely we will make it to November this year with no heat. We'll see... Let the contest begin!

  2. monkeymama Says:

    I don't think I can play. I just got home and the AC is on. !!! LOL. No heat, but the AC costs more anyway...

  3. my english castle Says:

    Oh darn, I'm out already.
    I came home today, put on three storm windows, but left my jacket on all day. DD came home from school all sniffly, and it was down to 60degrees in the house, so I relented and put the heat on.
    But I'm cheering for the rest of you

  4. ME2 Says:


    Guess it depends where you live. I can assure you that my highest heating bill is DOUBLE my highest air conditioning bill.


    I/we are holding off turning on the heat. And it is supposed to be in the low to mid 40's tonight and thru the weekend. (nightime temps)

  5. wyozozo Says:

    I'm in Wyoming and I usually have to turn the heat by now, but I'm actually sitting here with the A/C on right now! So, I'll join you in your contest. I'll also jump on board and play the "I'm not buying any more clothes this year" game!

  6. homebody Says:

    I lost already too. Heater comes on in the morning to get the chill off the house, then stays off the rest of the day.

  7. mbkonef Says:

    We have not had the heat on yet either. The weather has been getting steadily colder at night (down low 50's) but the house stays fairly warm. Plus, I sleep with two big mastiffs - its like having two giant furry hot water bottles. They are great for warmth in the winter. I am trying to keep the heat off for as long as possible and enjoy those lower bills. I'm in for the contest.

  8. Ima saver Says:

    I am in for the contest too. I usually don't have to turn it on til mid October, but it is 39 degrees out right now.(I am in the North georgia mountians) I usually set it at 63 degrees and it is 65 in the house right now. I just filled up on propane to the tune of $1832!! The most I have ever spent! ps, I do know how to spell mountains)

  9. scfr Says:

    Since I'm in Texas, I would have an unfair advantage.

    My grandmother had a chifforobe that had handles in the shape of Chinese characters. It wasn't until I started studying Japanese that we realized the characters were put on sideways.

  10. snoopycool Says:

    I'm in Florida, so do I still get to play ;o)

    Actually, I'm glad for the cooler weather. The kind where you can open windows instead of turning on the AC.

  11. dmontngrey Says:

    I'm north of you - and in for the game! We got new windows (and patio door) installed in March, so this year we really get to try them out. It better help!!
    Not even close to needing heat yet.

  12. ann link Says:

    A word of warning- you might turn on the furnace to be sure that it works. I'm sure this trial wouldn't count.
    Count me in.

  13. toyguy1963 Says:

    I'm going for the end of October or beginning of November on the heat contest but I don't think I'll make it that long. Yesterday the temps dropped quite a bit here in Ohio and usually my house gets way too cold before Halloween.

  14. princessperky Says:

    The cabinet is cute, but at first glance I thought they couldn't be Chinese characters on the doors because they looked..wrong. upside down I would not have guessed.

    On the heat challenge I shall gladly take you up on that, I haven't even shut the windows yet Smile. Though it is chilly at night, a sweater is sufficient.

  15. boomeyers Says:

    No heat, no clothes. I'm in!

  16. mom-from-missouri Says:

    I'm in. The high today was 58, but the house stayed 71 even with a couple of south windows open a tad for some fresh air. It is icky out though-cold and cloudy, and raining off and on.

  17. whitestripe Says:

    I've been living without air con or a heater for nearly three years, and temperatures range from (minimum in winter) -4 celcius and (max in summer) 45 celcius. Do i win??? (lol - just jokes)

    I like the challenge idea though.

  18. fern Says:

    but whitestripe, you haven't told us where you live. It's not really a fair comparison if you live in Key West. If not,then i'm guessing you are using alternate heat sources, like a wood stove. I'm not sure that's a fair comparison either since if you're toasty warm and throwing on a few more logs, you're really not "suffering" like the rest of us in our freezing cold houses! Smile

    My indoor temps have been 55 all this past week and it's damn cold. But others here who announced they expected to go without heat til November inspired me and i said to myself, what the h****, if they can do it, i should be able to as well!

  19. toyguy1963 Says:

    Whitestripe - How do you stand the -4 (34 F.) temp? Thats too chilly for me. I actually hate being cold at all. I consider it starting to get cold in the low 70's. LOL. But heat prices are ridiculous and I'm kinda cheap so a little freezing never hurt anyone.

    Fern - I'm glad you are holding in there. You inspired a lot of us I think. Its about 62 in my house right now which isn't too too bad. I'm still hoping to last at least until Oct. 30th. But I'd like to go as far into November as possible.

  20. whitestripe Says:

    fern: i live in australia - in a suburban house (that doesnt have aircon or heating)

    toyguy: i put a jumper on. :P

  21. Ima saver Says:

    No heat yet!!

  22. Koppur Says:

    I'm in on this challenge! We don't use a lot of heat to begin with, so I'd like to see how long we can go without it. Ummm, living in New England, do we get a handicap above people living down south? Smile

  23. whitestripe Says:

    i forgot to add also: no we don't have a wood stove or anything like that.

  24. debtfreeme Says:

    do we just tell you when we have given in? (i have not by the way, it is still gorgeous here.)

  25. fern Says:

    Yeah, i've been trying to keep track and doing update posts on the heat deal. If you cave, let me know the date!

  26. wyozozo Says:

    Ok...I caved on Friday when I woke up to snow and my house being 50 degrees!!

  27. Ima saver Says:

    I am still hanging on, but it gets to freezing every night. I am pretty sure I will be turning it on this week.

  28. boomeyers Says:

    October 26th, Boomeyers turned the heat on! :-)

  29. ann link Says:

    October 22nd this Buckeye hit the switch.

  30. Snoopycool Says:

    I'm still in it... but the temp is supposed to drop to the 30's tonight. Hubby threatens to turn heat on!!!

  31. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    We're still in.

  32. Snoopycool Says:

    Well, I lose. Brrrrrr....

  33. nomorecredit Says:

    I'm in! We haven't turned the heat on yet. I'm not going to lie, it's cold in our house (we're in NY) but with sweaters and stuff it's not THAT bad. I'm trying to get current on the gas bill before I think of turning it on...

  34. Ima saver Says:

    Still hanging on, there is frost on the ground right now!!

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