It’s been bloody freezing here this week! We’ve had snow over the last 2 days, but not here in town so no pics unfortunately. Yesterday it got down to -6 C (21F) and right now it is -4 C (24F) here and it’s almost 7.30am. I guess what prompted me to write about this is that I’m sitting here wearing:
- 1 pr thin socks
- 1 pr thick workmans socks
- thick winter leggings
- a singlet
- a sleeveless T- shirt
- a long sleeved T-shirt
- a hoodie
- a winter dressing gown
- fingerless gloves
I also have a hot pack on my lap and two bed quilts on my lap. So I’m sitting here like this and my heater conks out… while I’m reading a forum post on people who’ve decided to save money by not turning there heater on this winter! :) Obviously they don’t live here…
We use the gas heater in winter because it seems to warm the (large) family room quicker and better than the reverse cycle air conditioner. But sometimes it just can’t keep up, so after being on for an hour this morning the gas heater just gave up the ghost. I’ve turned it off and it usually will work again after a few hours of rest. I’ve put the other heater on but it will struggle to keep the temperature up. At the moment it’s 14C (57 F) inside after the hour of using the heater.
In Australia gas and electricity prices have become VERY expensive – to the point that many people, particularly those on low incomes, can’t afford to heat their houses properly. We keep the house warm but not overheated as DD is a bad asthmatic and breathing cold air can trigger an asthma attack. She has an oil heater in her room at night in winter. So far we’ve kept our consumption down and we use a bit more than an one person household, but not as much as a two person household. I think all our solar lighting has helped a lot.
How do you heat your house in winter? What are expenses like where you live? What do you do to keep warm? …. I’m off to make a hot cuppa…