Tuesday, 8 March 2011
The ice age
This is despite the fact that the thermometer is still hitting minus figures overnight but the price of oil is now stupid dollars and I want to be able to afford to eat.
I announced this new austerity measure over our Shrove Tuesday breakfast pancakes to H9 and R7.
"What happens if we're cold?" they protested.
"Put on an extra jumper," I said remembering chilly childhood mornings where I scraped patterns in the frost on the inside of my single-glazed bedroom window.
"I can't wear a jumper to bed!" said H9.
"Put on an extra blanket then," I said, thinking fondly of the heavy layers of sheets, blankets and bedspread that preceded the arrival of the duvet.
We have double glazing (newly installed throughout the house), we have loft insulation (with extra mice for added warmth) and we have to very efficient wood burning stoves. Who needs oil?
Well, we do, to heat the hot water. I lay in bed this morning trying to work out how long it would take us to save up for a solar hot water system. Doable, surely, if we put our minds to it.
I was inspired to turn off the heating by Lins Lleisio who has a lovely warm unheated (except by wood burners) house. She tweeted a link to the BBC website about How Warm is Your Home? Which basically points out that we're all sitting round in T-shirts in well-insulated homes, heated to a toasty warm level while the Earth quietly runs out of oil. Food for thought.
So the heating is off and the time that the water is on is much reduced. It's not raining so the girls and I will be walking the school run again this afternoon to save petrol. Little things, but it all adds up.
Posted by Maggie Christie at 9:57 am