All my friends think I’m crazy. When my central air unit shut down before Thanksgiving, I elected not to replace it. I saved myself $5,000 and I’m still saving.
My utility bills this month totaled $52.47. A year ago the gas and heat bills totaled $350. Now who’s laughing at me? (Incidentally, the cooling part is working just fine.)
I can’t say that I’ve been uncomfortable. I have a small heater in my bathroom which I turn on a few minutes before taking a bath and I bought an lap-sized electric blanket which keeps Lucky Dawg from shaking to death.
My two gas fireplaces – located at opposite ends of my living area heat things up so efficiently, I sometimes open the door to cool down. My 19th century farm house has 12-foot ceilings and you couldn’t get warm anyway unless you climbed up on a ladder.
I sleep in fleece sweats, but hey – I don’t have a man around to complain about that. I also have Lucky Dawg and Rebel in the bed with me and they are like little heaters.
Marie and I want to take a trip to Rome to celebrate our 65th year on the planet. I figure I can afford it since I’m saving $300 a month on a heating system that kept my entire house warm even though I never entered most of the rooms more than once or twice a year. Can’t you remember the old days when you had a gas wall heater to warm the rooms in which you lived? I think we’ll be going back to that instead of heating huge spaces for no good reason. Go suck your thumb Mr. Heil, it’s all your fault.
Now, having said all this, if we should get an ice storm in February, I’ll probably be calling you to ask if I can sleep over….