Surviving on a small income can be a challenge, especially while I was in particular seasons of the year. After you have lived with a narrow budget for a while, it comes as hour nature for you to spend carefully, to shop at cheaper stores, to use coupons & to ferret out the most satisfactory items at a thrift store. Still, there is hardly a budget which can handle the icy coldness of winter.
When the chilly hits, you have no option but to fire up your furnace. The fact that you are upset about the hefty bill you will have to pay the utility supplier, is discomfiting but there is really little you can do about that; My Heating as well as Air Conditioning unit has been really working well for years. Yet I always make sure to call up the AC servicemen to schedule a tune-up in preparation for winter. I guess being in a chilly house is worse than death. Being aware of our utility issues, our daughter brought myself and others a tiny part gas furnace which is portable & works honestly well.
I now have perfected the habit of turning our Heating as well as Air Conditioning gas furnace on for the first hour or more than one of the day. That warms up the whole house so for the rest of the day, I can use our part heater, sweaters & blankets to keep warm. I find this a viable option, since the part gas furnace uses much less electricity than the Heating as well as Air Conditioning furnace. With this kind of usage, our lights bills are usually much lower than if I use the furnace consistently.
Being creative at tearing costs is a honestly helpful habit..