Today’s whine brought to you by: Oh My Freaking God it’s Cold!!
My most recent electric bill was $150. That’s for one month y’all. One.* Granted, it’s an all electric house but we don’t do a lot of cooking and I can’t count the times I’ve come home to find the Hubs working away on his computer in a dark office. Since it’s only the two of us we don’t use the dishwasher (maybe because it’s broken, but still) and we do a whole three loads of laundry every couple of weeks.
That leaves the furnace. I know it’s working because during the blackout I definitely noticed a difference without it. Maybe I should say the furnace is running. Working implies it’s actually heating the house. You might think the house is cold because we keep the thermostat at 62 trying to save money. You’d be wrong. We had it set at 70 and even 72 and I still had to bundle into blankets while watching television! They must have put newspaper in the walls for insulation.
When we moved here our pellet stove went into storage; it was Spring after all. Besides, after cramming three floors worth of stuff into the space of one there was no room for it. That stove is still in storage. Damn it. Yeah, I know it wouldn’t have helped us during the blackout. Pellet stoves have augers and fans and stuff that require electricity so without a generator we’d still have been freezing. But it would help now. We could have heat and lower our electric bill. So what’s the problem? Installation. Finding a reputable installer. Finding the funds to pay said reputable installer. Finding the funds to pay for pellets. Sigh.
This dilemma made me think of the 1993 movie Indecent Proposal. You know the one I mean? Robert Redford sees Demi Moore and WANTS her bad. She’s happily married to Woody Harrelson. Redford’s rich. He’ll pay the young couple $1 million if Demi will spend the night with him. In 1993 I was still in my first, not-so-happy marriage and I would have jumped on that! Now…well, no amount of money would entice me. Have you seen Redford lately?
But install my pellet stove and hmm….
* I realize others may have much higher electric bills and this whine is not meant to minimize their experience. But this blog IS all about me after all 😉.