I’m not covering new territory with today’s question about temperature settings. We’ve been through it before, But hey, maybe someone new has a suggestion.
Mrs. 1500 has some strange quirks when it comes to thermostat settings. In the late spring, summer and most of fall, the house stays at around 70. This is without running heat or air conditioning. We just open windows and run the whole house fan strategically to control the temperature. Everyone is happy.
When the cold weather sets in, everything goes to hell. Except hotter. In the car and in the home, Mrs. 1500 likes to crank up the heat to sauna-like conditions.
Many winters ago in January, she cranked up the heat in the car to a hellish temperature. To try to embarrass her (and to save myself from heat stroke), I removed all clothes above my waistline. How strange this must have looked to fellow motorists. And that was my plan. I would humiliate Mrs. 1500 into turning down the heat.
This didn’t work. Just like our old car on a bad day, it backfired. Mrs. 1500 couldn’t have cared less that I was bare-chested. I only humiliated myself.
I told Mrs. 1500 about the Our Next Lifers who keep their house at 55. Her response:
And now our home is a sauna too. Last week when temperatures dropped, the thermostat went up. I’m not sure what the temperature was in our second story home office, but it was at least 80. I was sweating, even with just shorts and a t-shirt on.
I don’t know why she’s like this.
I want to hear where you keep your temperature, but first we must get to last weeks’s question when I asked you about how you cultivate discipline.
Discipline Baby, Discipline
As for discipline, I think like most behaviors, it is developed through practice, training, and repetition. I think starting small and slow is probably the way to build up to greater and greater levels of discipline.
Mr. Freedom 40 Plan‘s comment got me thinking. Discipline is established in the same way we form bad habits. Warren Buffett once said this:
The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
Since it took a while to develop bad habits, it will take a while to work my way out of them.
I find visualizing consequences helps a lot.
Mr. Frugal Asian Finance uses guilt:
…the biggest motivation for that discipline is shame and guilt (not very positive I know). Food is one area where I still struggle with sometimes. I can be on a diet but lose the momentum the moment I see delicious food, especially if it’s free.
Hey, whatever works, right?
Finally, Ms. Liz:
I can’t help you with the discipline thing–how can financial discipline come so easy and diet/exercise discipline be so hard?
This one really got me thinking and made me a little sad. I’m really good with money. Why am I so much better at that when my health is so much more important? Not good.
I don’t have the answer. I am going to do one thing though that I’ve been thinking about for a while: I spend a lot of time in my home office, so I’m going to make a big-ass sign that says Discipline Equals Freedom (Jocko Willink’s line) and hang it up somewhere highly visible. Any time I feel an urge to do something bad, I’m going to force myself to look at it.
Will it work? I have no idea. Maybe I’ll print out a picture of Jocko sneering and hang that up too.
What Temperature Do You Keep Your House At?
Know that I have no desire to go as extreme as the Our Next Lifers. 55 is too low and we have a well insulated home with a high efficiency furnace. Keeping the temperature in the high 60s results in a gas bill around $100 only in the coldest of months.
How about you? Are you more 55 and 85? And if you’re the latter, can I interest you in a roommate for the winter months?
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