I don’t think we’re getting much help this week from the solar panels this week.
They’ve been covered in ice since at least Sunday. Also, there hasn’t been much sun. That’s ok . . they do a great job when they can. Not their fault Mother Nature decided to give us a whole year’s worth of winter in one week.
I dread seeing this month’s electric bill. The heater barely stops running. If it was $200 last month, my guess is that it will be $600+ next month. Better hope that house in Texas sells before Vince sees this electric bill.
Vince’s theory, and he may be right, is that I should keep the house warmer than normal so IF the power goes off, it will take longer for it to get cold in the house. I just don’t buy it because I want to stay just warm enough that I don’t feel cold, and I’ll risk being cold 5 minutes after the power goes off rather than sit for three days sweating.
We do have two propane fireplaces but I’m saving the propane for IF the power does go off.
Speaking of heat . . I usually put the thermostat on about 60 at night but on nights when there’s no danger of pipes freezing, I turn it off. Vince wants me to leave it on 68 at night while the temps are down in the low teens or, as it’s supposed to be this weekend, near zero.
Last night I went to bed with it on 68 and before I went to sleep, I got up and turned it down to 67. I got during the night and turned it to 66 and finally, about 3 a.m., I closed the door to the bathroom so the heat could help keep the pipes warmer and I opened the bedroom window. No one can see and it and I’m sure no one looks but the neighbors would think I’m nuts with the window open when it’s about 15 degrees outside.
I was able to get back in bed, and sleep without feeling like I was going to have a meltdown.