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I Cry A Little Bit Every Time the Furnaces Kicks On

January 16th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

When I woke up this morning, the temperature was -29°F, actual, not wind chill.  That was -41°F.  The car wouldn’t start, and the hot water to the kitchen sink was frozen.  And the furnace has kicked on five minutes after it shuts off for the past two days.

We budget $160 every paycheck to save towards the gas and electric bill.  Based on our past usage, that should even out to the total yearly amount we pay, but the past 30 days has been extraordinary, and I don’t know if that is going to cover it without a subsidy (coming from the debt snow ball money, of course.)  Our house is horribly insulated, and that’s one of the things we want to change after we get our debts retired, but we don’t want to create more debt doing it. We keep the thermostat between 62 and 64, much to the chagrin of anybody and everybody.  The wood stove in the back of the house helps, but given the weather this year, we’re almost out of wood and it’s only the middle of January.

On the plus side, the high tomorrow will be 26ºF, so a 55 degree difference in a day.

Gah, the furnace just kicked on again!