After nearly going broke during my first winter in the Midwest five years ago I’ve been setting my thermostat lower and lower every year. Right now I think I have it set to get the place up to a blistering 57 degrees during times when I’m at home and awake. As I write this there is currently a 15 degree difference between my home office and the rest of the house(72 vs 57), and since I tend to lock myself in this one room most of the time I’m home that works out just fine. I should probably relocate the wine cooler/second fridge in here thus giving me even less of a reason to leave.

For the most part I’m just using a couple of those oil-filled radiator heaters in the bedroom and office, and they do a surprisingly good job. One thing I have done is to place them right above forced-air vents, so when the main heater kicks on it blows the heat into the room a little quicker as the air passes over the radiator. Too bad much of the good hot air is trapped up high by these 9 ft high ceilings...

So, any good ideas on how to keep ones home warm on the cheap?