Unless you’re living off the grid, month after month of heating is going to increase your utilities this winter — and the arguments between you and your family. When you add the fact that your wife’s core temperature is higher than yours (don’t take our word for it, it’s science) and she will likely — and rightly — complain because her extremities are still cold and can you please raise the heat? It might be cheaper to just light your money on fire than to crank up the heat pump.
There is a solution: Buy her a sweater. A nice, cozy sweater. Before you think of this recommendation as heartless, let us make the argument. A robust mid-layer, whether it’s made of cotton, wool, alpaca, or other, will warm her up while allowing you to live at a cooler, comfortable, and cheaper temperature. Also, who doesn’t love a good sweater? When you plot out the cost of higher utilizes, one of the sweaters on our list is a bargain, and it gets you bonus points for being so thoughtful. It’s all in how you look at it — and how warm she feels because of it. And, just maybe, crank the heat up just a bit.