This has been a crazy few weeks for me. I have had a house guest (actually a friend who needed a place to recoup after a stint in the hospital), and am learning what those who already share their space with others know – things don’t always happen the way they are planned when others are brought into the equation.
For the most part it has been fine – she doesn’t mind the cold – in fact she is more comfortable in it than I. The fireplace has been used a great deal, and since I rarely leave, I have been the one starting the fires. However, I went out Wednesday evening, and when I got home I came home to a smoke-filled house. The damper hadn’t been opened and a fire started. She was asleep. So, with the outside temp in the 20’s, I opened windows and doors for a good half hour to release much of the smoke, and left doors opened the next day every time I put the dog out or checked the mail. Warming the house back up to 50 I’m sure racked up the gas bill. Good news is that a week ago she told me one of her relatives will be bringing me a “thank you” cord of wood for the fireplace.
While I have gone to taking a shower every two to three days (unless I have a business appointment or am going to church), she has been showering daily. The second person means using the second bathroom more often – and that toilet often runs if is is not babied after each flush. And yes, I am still on the “skip a flush (or two)” method – she is not (nor would I ask or expect her to be). Even when I account for a second person for the period of time she is here, my “share” will, I’m sure, increase.
My trash outlay has more than doubled.
Surprisingly, my electric bill came yesterday (what I call my December bill, since is is received in December), and even with the furnace blower on (which I assume is electrical) my electric usage was 344 kwh – or a decrease of 62.49% from the average annual US household. It is also a decrease of 33.85% from my own usage this time last year. It is a mild 4 kwh increase from last month’s bill.