When I got home this evening I was blasted by the warm humidity of my apartment, I go upstairs to look at my thermostat and see where the temperature was at today. 86 degrees, not too bad. I change out of my work uniform and begin to knock out the laundry list of things that I need to do. My body quickly acclimated to the warmth and I stopped noticing and thinking about how my apartment’s HVAC system has not run since late September, early October.
Nothing is wrong with it, I just have set extreme floor and ceiling values of 50 and 87 degrees. Which sounds barbaric, but it is actually not that bad. Sure it is uncomfortably warm on these “spring” (summer) afternoons, and some winter mornings it was quiet coaxing to stay in my warm bed instead of face the chill of my apartment. Yet after a few minutes I barely notice that my climate is not controlled, that my room tempurater is == the outside temperature. (yes I put two equal signs on purpose, if you don’t get it don’t worry because that means you have friends.)
However, I do notice when my electric bill comes around every month and I only pay for the fractional amount of energy it takes to microwave ramen noodles and light my whiteboards up during my late night differential equation jam sessions. This savings is a small amount per month, but accumulated over a year I now have the money I need to buy my oh so precious textbooks. The same books that bring me joy, and sometimes frustration as I read them cover to cover. Yes, I am a nerd, but you should already know that by the fact that I have a blog and used the words differential equation and jam session in the same sentence.
At times it is very tempting to simply turn my thermostat down and enjoy the luxuries of modern climate control, but then I wouldn’t have the small amount of savings each day. And wouldn’t have the satisfaction of knowing that I can survive a Texas Winter without turning on my heat. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Texas Summers, my air will come on in a few weeks to prevent my textbooks from molding, and to keep my apartment from reaching 100 degrees because that is just too hot when you’re trying to do math.
Nevertheless my apartment’s climate will still be above the normal room temperature. The heat (or cold in the winter) is a small sacrifice each day that cumulates into a large savings at the end of the year.
So I challenge you to work through tough situations and lavish in the small things, because over time the accumulation of a few small things turns into something big. As always; make good choices, share if you like what I said, comment if you have something to add, and I’ll see you tomorrow.