Introducing a new blogger, Matt Reber… Matt will blog about real life and how we really use energy in our lives, not the academics of energy management. Like in his first blog… you can have the most energy efficiencent air conditioner in the whole world but it doesn’t matter if a family and the individuals in the family don’t agree …
I am HOT, YOU are COLD
Hello fellow bloggers and energy conservation enthusiasts alike. This being my first blog, I hope you will bear with me as I search for a way to not only keep you entertained but also provide some useful information on various energy related topics. Since most energy saving tips relate to things you can do around the house that is probably a good place for me to start.
My current dilemma involves the hot muggy summer months, our A/C unit, and my loving but sometimes irritating mother. Before I get into the problem, feel free to take a second and enjoy a laugh at my expense for still living with my parents. Now then, when it comes to comfort around the house, everyone is different and my mother and I are at polar opposite ends of the spectrum. She, a petite woman of no more than 100 pounds, loves when the temperature reaches somewhere between hot and scorching, and therefore the A/C unit does not even get turned on when she is around. Don’t get me wrong this is an extremely cost efficient method but her solution of “opening a window” when I begin to sweat excessively simply doesn’t help suppress my urge to bury my head in the icebox. If I had it my way, the thermostat would be set at some number in the teens and anyone who was cold could put on a parka and a pair of choppers. So what can be done to resolve a conflict between two people with very conflicting ideologies?
The solution was simple and both parties have been able to live with the results. When I am home, I am allowed to set the thermostat at 75 degrees but the moment I walk out of the house in the morning to come to work and blog about the thermostat, my mother turns it off and opens however many windows her heart desires.
This resolution saves money/saves energy and more importantly…. we will live in (relative) harmony under one roof.