Record Cold spells that last longer than a few days are like some relatives and all fish. 🙂 The longer they hang around the more uncomfortable you can become. The current spell of cold weather has just entered its third week. Major bummer. The chart at right shows the actual daily highs and lows compared to the average for this location. This spell started on the 25th of December when the temperatures outside when down from the fifties and then stayed there. As you can see, most of the time it’s been much colder than normal and that translates to much higher electric bills especially considering that my house is all electric.
While I’m sure this pleases my local utility company, it puts added stress on my home budget for sure. So, I began looking around to see what could be done to salvage the rest of the month which is now in the tenth day of the billing cycle. (My billing period runs from 29th of the previous month, so I’ve already paid for most of the first week of the two week old cold period). While that bill for November 29 thru Dec 29 was a whopping 40% higher than the previous month, I knew the one coming might totally eclipse it! So, I needed to do something to try and reduce my electrical usage and quickly. A trip to Florida did cross my mind!
My first effort was to reduce the thermostat from the previous reading of 73F down to 69F. I’m not sure that will help, but it’s worth a shot. Next, I went from room to room to see if one felt colder than the other. Sure enough the kitchen was noticeably colder (it was 11F outside that afternoon). I carefully checked the windows and immediately found two that have not been totally secured and locked. I also closed the curtains in front of the sliding glass door that leads to the outside. By this time, I was a little cold myself and so put on some extra layers of clothing. Hey, that really helped!
My next action was to retreat to my bedroom where I have a desk, system and TV anyway. I also have a small room heater. I figured I could run that from time to time if I needed to. And there I planned stay until Mother Nature decides to heat things up again. I’ll report in another blog after the end of the month to see if these actions had any effect. One can only hope!