I knew it was only a matter of time before the summer finally reached New England but after such a mild winter I was hoping that perhaps the summer would also be kind to my utility bills. No such luck... after weeks of cool 60's the heat wave finally hit yesterday sending me running for the a/c and it's not expected to cool down any time soon.
All winter I was able to endure slightly frostier temperatures in the house setting my thermostat on 60 in the name a savings. I bundled up, cuddled close to S and the pets for warmth, and survived just fine. The summer heat though is a completely different type of torture. If it were just me I could get by with the thermostat set on 78 and a fan on at night to keep the air moving. S, however, is miserable once the temperature passes 70 degrees and would probably set the a/c at 68 if it were only up to him.
I expect that that 10 degree difference in our comfort zones will cause some problems between us this summer especially since I am on the cut costs/ reduce debt mission and he is on the I finally have money again and am going to spend, spend, spend mission. Hopefully, we can reach a reasonable compromise... I'm wondering if the answer is to get one of those programmable thermostats so that we can only have the air running when we are going to be there to benefit from it. I'll have to check into those and see if the landlord would be ok with us installing one.