A space heater problem
My boyfriend and I are some of the most frugal people you will ever meet. We’re both creative types–we would rather have more time to make our art and pursue our passions than have lots of money. In consequence, we’ve learned to live on a little and be cautious with our money. This makes winters very difficult for us. Since we live in the northeast, our winters can last for up to eight months and be very severe, with feet of snow and weeks of below zero temperatures. While there isn’t much that can be done for it, we try to be as frugal with our old oil boiler in this apartment as much as we can. This morning was the first time we had to scrape ice off the car to drive into work. For most folks, this means turning on the central heater. For my boyfriend and I, it’s time to dust off the space heater and get it going. We were very careful to buy a little electric furnace that is both safe and efficient. It has an auto shut-off should it ever overheat, is cool to the touch, and also turns itself off when the room reaches the desired temperature. Since the space heater uses infrared to warm up the apartment, it puts off non-drying air, so its healthier for us too. As long as it’s still fall, we’ll keep using our space heater in the living room to work on art projects. Since the electric furnace is cool to the touch, it’s easy to unplug it and move it to the bedroom with us at night. We’ll turn on the boiler once we have snow in the forecast.