To break out the throw covers and slippers.
Unfortunately for us, this also means space heaters.
Several months ago, our central heat and air unit (a heat pump) started making strange noises and generally began to crap out. In the time that we have lived in this house, we've invested more money into this ages old unit than we care to remember. It's never been the most useful and the house isn't new. Meaning drafty windows & doors and an unfinished cinderblock/concrete basement. The Summer that our youngest was born, we had to have it serviced to the tune of about $400. She's only two. So we purchased a couple of window air conditioners. We borrowed one from my in-laws and one from my father. We managed to make it work. Our electric bill actually went down.
Keeping the house cool wasn't as big a worry for me as keeping the house warm is going to be. Heat just seems to escape more quickly. The temperatures have been steadily dropping here. We needed something to heat our rather large living room, but we don't have the extra funds to spend hundreds of dollars on heaters. We got lucky last week to find that Wal-Mart had some heaters on clearance.
This morning has been the coldest temperatures we've had so far. Down into the 20's. While the house was manageably warm, it's obvious we will be needing more sources. Bummer.
Now the concern moves to how much this is going to raise the monthly electric bill.