For all those followers asking, “How can I get in on all the fun of having a cold house, in a way that is full of good cheer and good company?”, I commend you to the “Freeze Yer Buns” challenge over at The Crunchy Chicken. There you can review the “pledges” made by others as to when they’ll turn on their furnace, or how low they will set their thermostats, etc. The C.C. also put up a recent post discussing how to acclimate to cooler indoor temperatures, a topic near and dear to us here.
At this house, as you know, we have no furnace and no thermostat, so our participation in the “FYB Challenge” is difficult to document. But, we’re already a bit past the day when we first lit a fire last year (it’s been warm October in New England, which has been delightful.) This morning, though, it was mid-30’s outside, and 57º inside. I believe we have an agreement that the stove can be lit for the first time when the house temp falls to 56… but of course, this is subject to constant re-negotiation. I don’t think we’re likely to re-achieve this winter our average indoor temperature of last winter (52º)– in part because we have a new housemate coming– but we’ll see.
Over the past two weeks, the (unheated) average temp in the kitchen has been 62º, and generally this has felt perfectly fine.