Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I’ve been away for a few days. There was no phone, no computer, but lots of fun. I spent time at a kids summer camp but the kids were gone. I’ve not been away from home for more than a few hours in several years. I was way out of my league among all the artists there but I had fun anyway. Yesterday and today I had computer troubles. Anyway, I’m back and suddenly it’s almost cold outside. The cooler weather has reminded me to get things done BEFORE really cold weather gets here. ‘Cause when it gets cold the utility bills skyrocket.
Older people need more heat than younger people. I’ve not turned on my heat yet. I’m going to hold out for as long as I possibly can but I still want to be ready when it’s time. So I checked my supply of filters.
I bought these at the end of the heating season last spring. Discounted of course.
I need more of the larger filters. Those should be on sale next month. The 12 x 24 size are plentiful. The smaller 12 x 12 are really hard to find. I stock up on those whenever I find them.
Maybe you have heard about the energy vampires sucking up electricity even when an appliance is turned off? Well, here’s one energy vampire you may not have thought about. The carbon monoxide detector. The device that warns you when your furnace is not operating correctly. DO NOT confuse this with a smoke detector. They are not the same thing.
During the summer months my heater is not needed which means the gas is not used. My furnace does not have a pilot light. No combustion means there is no carbon monoxide being created to detect. Therefore, a carbon monoxide detector is not needed if my furnace is not being used. No need to let it keep drawing electricity, tiny amount or not, so I simply unplug it and put it away for the summer. I store it with the furnace filters and that way I don’t forget to plug it back in when it’s time to turn on the heat.
I have several energy saving things to do before the really cold weather sets in on us. How about you? Are you thinking about buttoning up the house for winter or are you in a climate that is ready to open up to let spring in?