Some parts of frugality are really not too big of a struggle for us once they are started, and I wonder why I didn’t think of them earlier. But some drive me completely batty day after day after day. I like to give things a chance to work which is why I have been pretty mellow about it until this point, but there is a fine line between sacrificing comfort to be frugal, and driving oneself insane. Which is why I am considering making a change to one of my frugal choices.
I miss hot baths.
Our water heater is set to 120 degrees F for two reasons. One is for the safety of our small children – it is what is recommended to prevent kids from scalding themselves. The other is because it saves money on our natural gas bill, since the water heater is not heating the water as hot. Safety is of course paramount, so I will not be turning up our water heater to absolutely scorching temperatures, but, again…
I miss hot baths. A lot.
I am thinking of raising the temperature just a tad. Maybe to 130 degrees F. As it is, when I want to take a bath, I turn on the hot water, come downstairs, fill a big pot with scorching hot water from my kitchen tap (the kitchen has its own small under-counter water heater set much higher and that faucet is well out of reach of the kids), carry it upstairs, dump it in the tub, go back downstairs, repeat, and then take a bath. It makes it warmer but not really… hot. I really like a nice HOT bath. It is one of the small simple pleasures I really enjoy in life.
We all have to find a balance between frugality and livability or comfort. As we incorporate more and more frugal practices into our lives, sometimes, we need to know when to say when. Some comforts are worth the extra costs.
Now I need to learn how to change the water heater temperature. I will admit, this frugal measure has an element of apathy to it – when we bought the house, the water heater was set this way.