"I may be shivering my buns off, but at least I can feel superior and look down at you." That seems to be the gist of the author of a Slate article as he outlines the benefits of keeping his apartment heat at 50 to 60 degrees.
Winter is with us for a few months at most. Why not lower your defenses and savor it? Instead of turning up the heat, you ought to eat more soup.
It seems unlikely that the folks in Boston or Providence today are going to be much interested in his advice.
On the other hand, we don't keep the thermostat set at 70 degrees; our furnace controller board died on New Year's Eve, when the outdoor temperature was 26 degrees. That's a $500 replacement on a furnace that was 24 years old, so we opted to replace it. While this was happening, I was burning some of the alder that I've been cutting, splitting, and curing. Kept the place nice and toasty, at 72 downstairs and 80 upstairs.
Much to my surprise, the heating/ac guys took out the old furnace and installed the new one on New Year's Day - at no extra charge.