I'm sitting here in front of my computer, all cozy. It's about 57 here in the basement, if I believe the thermometer on top if the CD stands.
The thermostat - one floor above me - is set at 60 most of the day. It's set warmer for 3 hours in the morning (showering/dressing time) and for 4 hours in the evening (dinner and family social time). Yet, for the most part, we're comfortable. How do we do this?
We dress appropriately for the weather.
You expected some more elaborate secret? Some spellcraft? Some magic potion? Okay, we do drink some hot coffee and tea during the day, and have hot soup as part of lunch.
But mostly we just have layers of well-chosen clothes.
Chubby Hubby - undershorts and short-sleeved t-shirt. Black crew socks, sometimes with wool socks over them, shoes. Dockers or jeans most days, jeans lines with flannel in really cold weather. Long sleeved button-down shirt, topped with sweater vest, topped with a light jacket. Colder weather and he can wear a thicker light jacket. The final touch - fingerless gloves.
Me - panties, bra, t-shirt. Wool mix socks, shoes. Jeans. Sweat shirt over the t-shirt, big Shaker-shawl cardigan over the sweat shirt. Wish I had fingerless gloves that fit, but hoping to get those for Yule.
If we didn't have our offices in the basement, I'd have the heat set cooler. Probably at 55. One year, when we lived in the house with the adequate wood stove, we only ran the heat at all at night, at 55.
Of course we're all middle age to young adults here. No infants. No elderly. My mother and my mother in law keep their places blazing hot - upper 70's to 80 degrees. I bring shorts and nice t-shirts to wear in their houses summer and winter.