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Fall is here with winter not far behind

September 19, 2011 - Linda Lobeck
It doesn’t take long before we start acting like our parents, especially when it comes to not wasting electricity and heat when we are the ones paying the bills.

Out of my mouth comes the words of my Dad, “Close the door, we’re not heating the outdoors,” and “Every light is on in the house — do you think I’m Con Ed?”

As these rates for electricity and heating continue to rise, we are consciously trying to conserve as much as possible. We try and hold off putting on the lights, but that gets harder as it gets darker and darker each day. And I’m finding it hard to see summer go away so quickly as it gets pitch dark at 8 p.m. now.

The other thing that happened quickly is the drastic drop in temperatures. We went from highs in the 80s down to lows in the 30s and freeze warnings overnight. That’s pretty hard to take when you see that change during September. No one wants to think of winter yet, but that certainly gets you wondering how close that it is to coming this year.

With colder weather, we think of heat for our homes and no one wants to get their furnace going in September. Gone will be those lower bills you had during the warmer summer months! Several people I know, including myself, have fought the urge to turn on the heat. We have gone so far as to bake cookies and something in the oven on those days to provide a little warmth as well as good smells to the house.

But regardless of these efforts, it’s something we can’t avoid forever. We live in the U.P., where summer and spring are brief, fall is around for a little while, and winter seems like it gets longer every year. It won’t be long before our lights are on more each day and we have to turn the furnace on again.


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