Monday, November 29, 2010

To Heat, or not to Heat

Last year we never turned on our heat pump.  Arizona is a little different when it comes to utilities; we spend most of our utilities budget on cooling the house down, rather than heating it up.  In this household, we try to keep electric use to a minimum during the winter so that we can afford to cool the house in the summer.

Currently, in my bedroom, the temperature is 64.4.  While this might seem lovely to many, it's a bit nippy for me. :)  But, I have a sweater on over my pajamas, as I sit here at my computer, sipping really yummy hot coffee.  Outside, it is currently 36 degrees.  It was a very chilly night. 

The point is that for us, it's simply easier to wrap up, put on more blankets, or more clothes and be warmed in the winter.  In the summer, you can only take OFF so many things before your neighbors call the Police.  Besides, don't we all sleep better when there is a bit of a chill in the house?  Kind of like a hibernation switch flips on; you cuddle under the blankets, and BOOM!... you sleep.

Oh, and lest we forget, we have furry insulation devices here.  For me, it's Cisco and Quito.  Though both are so old now, I have to PUT them up on the bed, boy, do those chihuahuas give off some heat!  And they are soft and cuddly to boot!

So, unless it really gets like Arctic cold here, I guess I have answered my question; no heat! 

2 comments:

  1. I am with you on the heat thing Tequila, especially when I lived in AZ. I loved the cooler weather, I loved having the doors and windows open. I had a gas fire and that was enough to take the chill of the big room. I hated putting the heating on, it always smelled so dusty and made me cough and sneeze. I also love sleeping in a cold bedroom, must be my Scottish upbringing. Chris always complains that his head is cold. I told him I would buy him a wooly hat ;)
    Have a good one
    Fay

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  2. Fay, I'm getting to love hats! Thankfully, I don't look too bad in them, but for keeping warm, you can't beat 'em!

    The fireplace in this house is wood-burning, so I have never used it. It's got a giant silk plant in it. ;)

    Yes, I sleep SO much better under a ton of blankets. The room was 63 when I got up. I am thinking we have pretty good insulation with this block house.

    Keep warm, Fay and HUGS!

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