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This summer, I did without the AC and used fans extensively. I tend to hang out in one room anyway. I cut my electric bill by 2/3.

One of my reasons for doing this is the up and down of the temps. I decided in the spring that when the temps were consistently at 99 or higher for at least five days in a row, I would turn on the AC. I hate going through the house, putting all the storm windows down and closing everything up; then a couple days later having to do it all over again to open up the house.

It worked out great! There were only four days in August when I broke down and turned on the AC -- two weekends in a row for two days each -- even though the temps never reached 100. I just couldn't take the heat any more and needed a respite.

In the winter, I have an electric mattress pad, flannel sheets and three heavy blankets on my bed. That way, I can turn down the thermostat.
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