Hearty New Englanders Don’t Turn On The Heat Until…WHEN?
Ok, brrr. Did you wake up to see your own breath this morning? It was a chilly one as most of us dipped into the 30s over night. A stark contrast from Saturday’s 80 degree weather. So, here we go… The yearly debate continues. Hearty New Englanders don’t turn on the heat until…WHEN?
You told me when, last year. After an informal Facebook poll. The results showed that most of us are conservative and wait until we can’t take it anymore. Truth be told. I couldn’t take it this morning, so yeah, I wussed out and turned on a mini-split. Wait, does that even count? I mean, I’m not heating the whole house, just a room. At any rate, our gas and electric bill are what help to make us conservative. We are going to squeeze every last minute out of not horribly unreasonable temps before flipping the heat switch.
Back to the poll. Overwhelmingly, my poll results from last year showed the average New England won’t give into their thermostat until November 1st. That’s when they typically turn on the heat. There could be some very chilly mornings and nights in our very near future. So, yeah, that’s toughing it out. That’s so New England.
Here are some of your comments from the informal Facebook poll:
Here are some of the comments:
“November 1st is typically our goal”
“Not on yet!! That is why they make sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks and blankets!”
“Can’t do it till November 1st at least!”
” I try to wait till my place feels like a hockey school hockey rink.”
“60 in my house right now. Not doing it yet. Lol”
“I was waiting but my husband caved and turned it on last night”
“November 1 if needed”
“I was born during a blizzard in January so I love the cold…I can usually hold out till after Halloween…..”
“I’m a waiter also. When I get out the shower and I’m freezing the heat will go on”
“November, but hopefully later. Gonna be very expensive to heat this year”-
As masslive points out, “technically, the heating season in Massachusetts starts on Sept. 15, when landlords are required by law to heat their residential properties to at least 68 degrees during the day and 64 degrees at night, according to the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code.” But for many of us homeowners, we wait. We cold. We need more hoodies!
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