Well this has certainly been an interesting winter so far.
All three of my growing up years, I have been told to turn off the water.
We are always trying to save water. When we are brushing our teeth we wet the toothbrush, turn off the water and then brush our teeth and then turn the water back on. We do not let the faucet run the entire time we are brushing our teeth. Now all of a sudden, when the weather is freezing cold, we are told we should be running the water as well as running the heater. Not only are we wasting the electricity that goes along with heating our homes, we are also wasting the water that is coming out of all of our taps. I have gone outside in the freezing cold to wrap up the pipes I have in towels. I am being kind of facetious, I know, because it is important that we do not allow water pipes to freeze. It is also important that we do not allow ourselves to freeze, so using the heater efficiently is also very important. I have been running the heater all day and all night for quite a while now. As a person who normally does not like forced air heating, it surprises me how I have come to really love the heater in my HVAC system. It has been quite cold, and in fact even though it is now the middle of the day, it is just now getting to be 30°. Anyway, I am running the heater and I am running the water because I do not want burst pipes and I do not want to be freezing cold all day and all night long. I do take this time of year to give a little bit of thanks to the lineman who climb up in those buckets to keep our electrical lines running oh, and I also give thanks for the HVAC technicians who keep our heating and cooling systems up and running.