It's October now, meaning playoff baseball, apple cider, regular season football and beautiful fall foliage (My wife and I are New Englanders) are all combining to make for my favorite season of the year. However, I know that even as I enjoy these seasonal pleasures, I'm reluctantly holding on to summer. Who says 60 degrees is too cold for grilling?
I'm also doing this in other ways. For example, I've been breaking out my collection of sweaters instead of daring to touch the thermostat. It's not the thermostat that's bothering me – we have a manual thermostat that gives us the great ability to set the temperature with a simple sliding bar.
In a way, it feels like turning the dial is a confession. My house's way of saying, "That's right it's fall, it's time to start thinking about the fireplace, raking leaves and the electric heaters again." And every time I go up to our thermostat, it's like getting ready to make a crucial confession: summer is over. That means getting ready to batten down the hatches and prepare for another few months of cold and ice and snow.
However, it's also the heating bills. Last year, we found that we weren't always the best at making the best use of our heat. That's why this year, we've decided to maximize our energy use by getting creative. For a few hundred dollars, we were able to secure a top-quality baseboard heater and a convection heater. This will help us keep the house cooler, but our room warm and snug.
But, don't ask me about those yet. We'll have to wait and see for another blog post, as I'll admit, I haven't taken those out of the box either. But, even if we don't keep one, we shopped at an online outlet that allows for easy returns, giving me less of a headache and helping me enjoy the last days of summer that are only in my head.
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