Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
After the painful blow of the tax bill, I needed some good financial news. Yesterday the gas bill came. I tore into the envelope with the kind of excitement usually reserved for birthday cards potentially containing cash. The bill could have been more bad news – that in spite of all our shivering under piles of blankets and layers of clothing, we still had to pay some crazy-high number.
But hurray! The bill was only $118! That’s a savings of $230 over this month last year. It’s proof that our frigid living is paying off!
In honor of our success, I’ll share my favorite tips for staying warm in a cold, old house and I hope you’ll share yours, too.
Wear warm, fuzzy slippers at ALL times … with socks if you can stand it.
Buy electric space heaters with thermostats (though we haven’t found timers necessary). Our cheapie heaters work better than the expensive one!
Leave the oven door open after you turn it off and stand in front of it, toasting yourself in the leftover heat.
Get some cats, preferably one for each human. Encourage the cats to nap on your lap while you watch TV.
Get a space heater for the bathroom and turn it on a few minutes before your shower. Shut the doors, and the room (and those wretched cold tiles) will heat up in no time.
Invest in good flannel sheets. They’re not as cold as regular sheets when you first get in the bed, and they warm up faster.
And my favorite:
Work vigorously on the house, so you’re too busy (and sweaty and dirty) to get cold!