This year, a lot of the readers I talk with say they're planning to keep their house a bit cooler this winter in an attempt to reduce their overall heating costs. However, while this may work for dedicated cost-cutters, when you add kids to the mix it gets a bit more complicated. (For example, I was so close to the zero line of my bank account one summer after college that I purposely didn't buy an air conditioner.)
I couldn't imagine taking such an action now, though it was cost effective, even if I'm sure those sheets didn't last as long. I was reminded of the need to cater to small children when making these decisions by an article in the Kuwait Times I stumbled on. It detailed how – since it can get as cold as below zero degrees at night – electric heaters are responsible for 20 percent profits at some businesses. (Sure, sounds like a lot.)
One store even told the source that it is selling as many as 20 electric heaters a day. But, while everyone is buying the heaters, one Syrian shopper touched on the issue of his children's comfort as the reason for the purchase.
"My wife told me to buy a heater for our small children," the 38-year-old man told the source. "I think they really need a heater this time. I don't really need them at all, but it's good for my kids."
As a result, I want to suggest this idea to parents who are looking to cut costs this year. After all, improving the comfort of small children can, at the very least, make for an easier night sleep for all involved.