So, the cold weather cometh, thus I must be prepared. I am not talking about breaking out the winter clothes or the -40C rated sleeping bag (that’s the easy part.)
No, I am talking about getting myself prepared, and re-adjusting what I deem an acceptable interior temperature. These days that is a balmy 5C . . . inside the house.
The lowest setting on the thermostat is 4C but I find 5C to be okay and I can handle it.
Don’t get me wrong, I am bundled up in my winter clothes, complete with gloves and sleeping toque, but I am okay.
These days I could push the interior temperature to 10C or perhaps up to 15C. Warmer is nicer, so why not do that while I can, right?
The trouble with doing that is that the higher you go, the more the furnace runs. The more the furnace runs the more propane it burns and the more electricity it uses. (Thus warmer = more expensive.)
It can also mean that come morning (when I reeeeeealy want to run that furnace to take the bite out of the air) the batteries are dead and the furnace won’t run.
The other reason is that when the really cold weather arrives (and stays) I will need to be ready and in full “Polar Bear Mode” to not just handle it, but take it in stride.
This is more for my mental and emotional well-being than anything else. In order to be in a well-balanced and non-agitated state of mind all winter long, I need to just accept the new norm.
I know from winters past that I will never have over 20C temperature in my house unless I find some place to plug in (as in to the electric grid). Thus a weekend camping is a nice retreat to warmth with a view.)
I will have a cold house and that is that, there is little I can do about that fact. I can, however, change my attitude towards it.
This winter I am determined to just change my expectations of what a “warm” house is and in so doing, improve my winter.
This is my life and the lifestyle that I have chosen, so I had best make the best of it. Once again, this is not forever just for now, say three years?
I will have a warm and cosy home again, just not for the time being. I will, however, have a greatly improved cash flow, and that is something worth bundling up for.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!