Would you believe, though, that I was terrified to open our first hydro bill? I had heard so many horror stories about malfunctioning “smart” meters, ludicrous “delivery” charges of $150.00 a month or more, and, most distressing, the stories about people who had to choose between heating or eating.
There’s a new term floating around. It’s called…
energy poverty—a situation where households spend at least 10 per cent of their household budgets on in-home energy use such as lights, appliances and heating. [source]
This morning, I did the math. Would you believe, we qualify?
People have a knee-jerk reaction when they hear about extraordinary hydro charges. They assume that people with high energy bills are careless, that they leave the lights on all day long, or that the thermostat is set at “tropical.”
Reiner replaced every lamp light with an equivalent LED bulb. We are both vigilant about turning lights off when not needed. The windows have been sealed with caulking and covered in plastic. We heat with baseboard heaters, but keep most rooms turned off. Those that are running, during the day only, are set at 15°C/60°F.
I don’t know what to make of this. I suppose I’m going to have to switch gears from ostrich-with-head-in-sand to vocal advocate, and start writing letters to my MPP.
The weather forecast calls for overnight lows in the -20° to -25°C range, which translates to -5° to -15° Fahrenheit. I look forward to the extra cold weather, actually, because the woodstove does a better job of heating the entire house. In the meantime, I’ll don the Active™ fleece-wear and add a lap robe or two. I will remain grateful that the house is well insulated and I’ll say a prayer of thanks for a functioning wood stove and the cured firewood left by the former owner.
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Inspired by Linda Hill – prompt would and/or wood
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