Such is life in the AZ Desert!
Mom to J and never-ending , 0/2014 items decluttered, 0/52 crafts crafts completed
Seeking zen in 2014. Working on journaling and finding peace this year. Spending my free time taking J to swimteam
Though I remember my years in Massachusetts and I know the heat was on by October 1st most years. I get cranky when the house gets too cold.
Frugal, food growing mama to my four loves
Alison: BFing, BWing, ERFing mama to KidA (12/25/07) and KidO (6/26/10)
Outside we have had lows of 7C/45F so far but it's supposed to go down to 2C/36F later this week.
Our house is holding steady at 20C/68F because we have good insulation and we cook all our meals at home which warms everything up a bit. We have been sleeping with our bedroom window open and the french door cracked still otherwise we would sweat to death our blankets are so warm!
I won't burn a fire until the house get to 15C/59F. I have some nice apple wood being delivered tomorrow and then we will be set for the winter. I'm excited to have a fire as we haven't had one since spring.
Leila, mama to Eleanor (10/08) and Emmett (4/10)
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1) It seems unseasonably warm right now (high 60s and 70s outside during the day?!)
2) We got our house weatherized this year, and I can feel the difference in the lack of the usual draftiness.
I can't tell which is making the difference, but maybe it is both.
Normally I try hard to hold out until October 1 - and DH ends up turning on the heat before that. But that is in two days and *he* hasn't even been tempted yet, and he HATES the cold (though when I say "turn on the heat" I mean "turn the heat up to 60 in the living area and 55 in the bedrooms"). I am wondering how long we can hold out this year. I will be thrilled if we get an extra month before using oil, but usually around late October it turns bitter cold, so I doubt we will get that far.
It will be so fun to see how much of a difference the weatherization will make.
I love the challenge of keeping our heating costs down. No one seems to mind and dd runs very hot. I'm the cold one and I'm home alone all day working, so mostly it's my call.
We did all the caulking and insulating possible last year, including insulating the walls of the entire house.
I bought an oil-filled space heater.
I bought cheap down vests for us all to wear inside the house. They're light and snuggly and everyone loves them.
I am hiring a seamstress friend to make heavy drapes and draft-stoppers for the old windows. We will not replace the windows as long as they're in such good shape, on the advice of the energy-assessment guy. I think the drapes will help a lot.
We are looking into an insert for the fireplace, or possibly a woodstove with a cooktop; unless we need the chimney for solar purposes.
I have heard that using an electric blanket/pad to preheat the bed can save a ton of energy at night. Anyone try this? Do you think it's safe?
Next stop: Solar roof tiles next year.
But absolutely NOT to the heater, not yet! We have other ways to deal with the cold.
Mommy to N , born 2/20/12.