“Turn down the heat!” I couldn’t tell you how many times I have said that, shouted it, pleaded it and whined it over the years. What is it about teenage boys that they have to have the heat at 30 deg C in their bedrooms? I have a son who steadfastly refused to lower the heat in his room because, as he claimed, he was too cold; but the same boy goes outside at -3Deg C without a jacket, claiming that the cold doesn’t bother him. I just don’t understand. And then when he goes to school, the room is still being reserved as a sauna without anyone in there.
I have raised three sons, and they were all heat lovers. You’d think I would have clued in before now. Well, desperate times call for desperate measures. With the rising cost of electricity, we just couldn’t afford to keep the heat so high. I spent some time just going down to the offending bedroom and turning down the heat when said offender had left for school, but sometimes I forgot. The heat bills were getting higher and higher when one day Dave said, “We’ve got to do something about this. I’ll take care of it.” What ever was he going to do? I had visions of Aaron freezing to death.
Dave went off to Home Hardware and bought a little lockable plastic box that he screwed on the wall over the thermostat. Brilliant! He set the temperature to 20 deg C, locked the box and hid the key. Now the room stays at 20 deg C all the time, and if Aaron wants to keep it warm in there all he has to do is to keep the door shut.
I couldn’t tell you how much we paid for heat last winter, but I can tell you that it is a lot less this year. The cost of the little plastic lockable box? 20$ Now everyone is happy and no one is being nagged. End of story.