It dipped below 50 degrees for the first time last night and I came to a both pleasant and unpleasant realization: winter is on its way.
I’m personally a fan of cooler weather. I love autumn and spring especially. My ideal temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees. Leaves changing, fresh apples, hot tea and coffee — these are wonderful things.
Once we get to 40 degrees and lower, though, life gets a little more challenging. Now, I don’t have as much control over my heating as I did my cooling. The landlady turns on the heat for the house (I think it’s gas? I’ll have to check) and charges each the tenant based on apartment size. There are five of us living here. My percentage of the bill is 18%.
I am still going to do my best to keep my use reasonable. This includes dressing for the season — even indoors. I’m not going to go around bundled up in a parka, but sweatshirts, slippers, flannel are all good wardrobe decisions for at home. My logic is that I’ll be less likely to overheat my apartment if I’m comfortable.
Another thing I’m going to keep an eye on is my hot water use. It’s easy to take shorter, cooler showers in the summer, but once it gets cold that warm water gets very appealing. I think one solution to this is to shower during a warmer time of day, if possible. And since I shower in the morning, I’m going to find ways to warm up before I get under the water. Get my blood going. Maybe jumping jacks.
For those of you who are homeowners, now is a good time to make sure your house is properly sealed against the weather. The more your house leaks heat, the more you’ll have to pay in the long run.
Tomorrow: cooking with Julia!