Well, when it’s -30C outside, bringing the heat back up to a livable temperature takes a bit longer. In fact last night, the temperature in the house had dropped to 16 by the time I got home (5pm), and by the time Junkii came home from his Monday night group (8:30), the temperature had only climbed to 19 – and THAT was with the fireplace going!
I hate winter.
This coming summer I’m resolving to do two things:
- Look into replacing our fireplace with a high-efficiency replacement – something that burns wood more efficiently and puts out more heat rather than letting it escape up the chimney.
- Undertake an energy audit to see what steps we can take to start getting some better insulation into our walls and attic and how we can cut down on the drafts.
Our heating system – electric baseboards – is already woefully inefficient and the cause of some big energy bills. The firewood helps, but clearly steps are needed if we’re to make life in Ottawa more bearable.