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The No-Heat Challenge!

September 26th, 2012 at 11:24 am

Like a big 'ol bear looking forward to some hibernation, I'm feeling a little lazy...so I'm not sure I'm doing the OFFICIAL no-heat challenge this fall, BUT I still plan to hold out with no heat for as long as possible, and I invite you to join me.

There are a lot of newcomers here, so if you're one of them, it's just sort of an informal contest we had here for the past few years to see who could keep the heat turned off (and the dollars turned on) for the longest into the fall.

Feel free to "report in" here whenever you like, as in, "As of today, we still haven't turned the heat on in [name of state.]" It's fun to track, and of course, it can make a difference what part of the US (or beyond) you live in.

Last year, on Oct 11, 2011, Little Gopher from Minnesota and Ima from Georgia still hadn't turned the heat on. I think I stopped tracking it at that point, but looking at it now, it doesn't really seem all that late. Who knows, with climate change, maybe someone can exceed that date.

And I see that in 2008, I turned my heat on Oct. 18.

So let's all shoot for AT LEAST October 11. It's only another 15 days!

5 Responses to “The No-Heat Challenge!”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Ha! There hasn't been a day this month we haven't turned on the A/C. I am concerned I will have to leave A/C on in case of freak heat wave (for pets), during October vacation. Which is totally ridiculous!! Will have to leave irrigation on too. Would prefer to turn *off* as much as possible while gone for several days.

    We usually try to tough it out until Thanksgiving. Mileage may vary depending on wacky weather.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Well, it has been cold here, down to 37 in the mornings. I know people dont think of Georgia as a cold state, but we live in the mountains and the highest peak in Georgia. Still no heat on yet, but I did fill up yesterday!

  3. littlegopher Says:

    I can't remember when we finally turned on the heat last year, and so far we have not. We've had a few cold nights, maybe even frost last night, but the days have been gorgeous here in MN.

    I was thinking just the other day that we might make it to the 15th (when my husband and I used to turn on the heat before babies.) Though we have had a blizzard on Halloween, so you never know...... Smile

  4. M E 2 Says:


    Sorry, already out. It was warmer OUTSIDE than it was in my house. And it was cold outside. Please note that my house is on a slab, which does not add warmth in the fall/winter/spring. So the heat was turned on. Not worthy MY suffering.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    LOL, if I were living in an energy efficient house like our old one this would be easier, but we've already used the heat at night several times this month or first thing in the morning to get the chill off. Those couple of days where it was dropping to 42 just made it unlikely in this drafty old thing, especially with us all being sick. We don't run it all night or even every night yet and just a bit in the morning because most days are still beautiful and above 60.

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