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  • Heh. Whoops!

    It's 16° here this morning according to the local weather reports. The thermometer in my car says it's actually 14° here at home.

    I have a programmable thermostat. It's saved me a bunch of money since I put it in. A year ago, during a particularly mild November, my electric bill was all of $61 for the month.

    It's a fairly simple unit, called a "5/2," meaning that it's programmable for a five-day work week, and then a different program for weekends (when one would be home, presumably). So I have it set up to let the temperature rise inside to about 83°, then the A/C kicks on about an hour before I get home and it cools the place down nicely for me. In the winter, I have it programmed to let the temperature fall to about 55° inside. That's pretty unlikely to ever happen because it's seldom this cold around here. We have the occasional cold snap, but through most of the winter, the daytime highs are above freezing, and adding in the sun heating up the house during the day, the temperature generally just won't fall all that far. But, I'm not heating the house all day when I'm not here, so it saves a bunch of electricity.

    Well, I got up a couple of hours ago after sleeping in a bit, ready to watch the parade, glad to hear that the balloons have a "go" in New York. I noticed that it seemed a bit chilly in the house, but I just attributed that to the very cold temps outside. Then a few minutes ago, I realized that it was colder still inside, so I went and looked at the thermostat. 59°! Then I realized: today is Thursday. The thermostat thinks that I'm at work, so it isn't running the heat, letting the temperature fall.

    So, override turned on, the heat is returning, but I certainly feel like a bit of an idiot.
    Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
    No one will be denied:
    Big law suits and bathroom toots;
    We're all getting Dixie-fried.
    But somewhere Hank and Lefty
    Are rollin' in their graves
    While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

  • #2
    You know you're in Florida when you need the heat in the morning and the air conditioner in the afternoon.

    The last one I had put in my rental was wired incorrectly so it was running the heat and the AC at the same time. UGH!
    "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."

    -John Locke

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    • #3
      Originally posted by scott View Post
      You know you're in Florida when you need the heat in the morning and the air conditioner in the afternoon.
      We had to do the same in SC a lot. Even here, sometimes, in this poorly-insulated rental house that gets direct sun most of the day.
      “I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
      I aim with my eye.

      "I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
      I shoot with my mind.

      "I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
      I kill with my heart.”

      The Gunslinger Creed, Stephen King, The Dark Tower

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      • #4
        What's this air conditioning you speak of?
        If it pays, it stays

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Frostbit View Post
          What's this air conditioning you speak of?
          It's ice on your radiator.
          Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
          Robert Southwell, S.J.

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