Wednesday, August 19, 2015
1441 vs 724
My former rental home found us using 1441 gallons of oil to heat hot water and heat the home, keeping the home cold, resorting to many measures to save, be more comfortable. While rent in this home is significantly more, we used 1/2 the amount of oil as we did in the other rental, with oil still being used for both hot water as well as heat. Toss in that my current LL doesn't require me to use a particular oil supplier (former LL had a service contract with the most expensive, local supplier), so I have been using the same C.O.D., local supplier that I used for years, while at my marital home. I am spending 1/3 of what I previously was, and this is reflected in my budget, that I am starting to update, in anticipation of my new paychecks, to start 9/15. Additionally, we had 2 more people at this home for most of the past year. I know how much it costs me to run this home; I keep the big picture in mind, however.
As we move towards colder weather (hard to imagine in this current heat spell), I aim to hold off on central heating as much as possible, turning to the wood stove to get the chill off at night. Sweaters, warm slippers, a hot cup of tea at supper are all measures that we will again take.