Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Brrrrrr....

It's been around ZERO degrees here for the past week, give or take a few degrees. Currently it's 57 degrees inside the house. Each of our bedrooms stay nice and toasty, so we turn the heat on in them about an hour before we go to bed at night. I just can't fathom another winter like this so I finally called about having an energy audit done.

I know what we need: all new windows, insulation in the walls, probably a fire place insert. Unfortunately we can't afford any of that, but we'd like to see where the biggest issue is and start there. Our house is all electric (no gas available, although we might have to start looking at the option of installing) and our bill goes up from about $90 - $100 in the summer to almost $600 at the highest in the winter. And it's 57 degrees in my house!!! It's not like we keep it on 72.

Do they still make electric blankets? I'm thinking I could make one into a Snuggie and walk around the house plugged into an extension cord.

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

My husband grew up in the mountains of Colorado and they had a wood burning stove and their house was toasty! Don't know if that is an option for you but as far as I know it is more affordable then electric heat.

Alison said...

YIKES! On the $600. My dad used to put plastic film storm windows on our house when I was a kid. Not pretty, but effective I think, and certainly cheaper than new windows! Also at $600 for a month of heat you might very well be able to better insulate your attic and walls a bit. An energy audit might also help you to identify outlets or windows that you could put weather stripping on. Certainly wouldn't be perfect, but might save you a $100 bucks a month!

Condo Blues said...

I feel your pain. My first apartment was air leak central. Winter winds violently shook the windows down the sills and the plastic we had on the windows.

Have you tried thermal drapes or liners on your windows to help block out the cold? If you have the clip type curtain rings, some people have luck by clipping or basting flannel to the backs of their curtains during the winter to make thermal drapes. I made thick window quilts for my bedroom windows and hung them on tension rods in my bedroom windows. Basically it's a roman shade that has thick batting inside. It helps keep out the cold but it makes the room very DARK which is OK since it's a bedroom.

morrison_jennifer said...

I have to agree with the wood burner post. Newer wood burners are more efficient than ever. I live in southern AZ, so this is my cheap electric time of the year, but I grew up in PA, in an all electric house and during the energy crisis of the 70s, my parents had to buy a wood burner to be able to afford to keep the house warm. My in-laws still live in PA, and have a wood burner. The downside, of course, is the wood. I would suggest offering to remove felled trees from construction sites or storms, to minimize waste and cost.