I set our thermostat set pretty low (about 60º) in the winter to keep our energy use down (poufy jackets make good bathrobes) but the New York Times has an article about people who live without heat at all!
These people do not live somewhere that has a short wussy winter, these people live in places like New York, Colorado and Baltimore!
They talk of frozen toothpaste, space heaters being "placebos", and refridgerators turning off because it's colder in the kitchen than it is inside the fridge, but they also talk about loving it. (the sculptor who lives on the Lower East Side pays $300 a month in rent- so there's clearly something to love, but still...)
One woman said "when your house is 15 degrees, the only problem you have is getting warm. Focusing on survival is right up there with a Zen retreat when it comes to clearing the mind.”
A man mentioned that he "had Japanese friends here once. And when they left, they bowed and said solemnly, ‘We are very sorry you have to live this way.’ ”
I gotta say, me too.
Check out the whole article and slide show here.