Air Conditioning This Summer?
This might be our last summer in Torino. Last summer it was hot, hot, hot and to cool myself down I took 2-3 cold showers a day. I don’t remember exactly but the temps must have been around 90+F. It was hard to sleep at night and the month of August was the worst. We live on the 4th floor and I don’t think that helps either.
This year we hope to get an air conditioner. There have been a few warm days so far but nothing that an open window could not fix. The main problems with getting an air conditioner is where to put it and the cost. So we put in our bedroom only, they we’ll be sweating while watching movies in the living room and or nephew who plans to stay a month with us in July won’t get much cool air. Hmmm dilemmas. Other obstacle is the price of electricity. Not many people have clothes dryers for this reason alone.
The way the electricity is billed in Italy is by estimation. They estimate that a family of 2, 3 or 4+ members will used “X” amount of electricity and they bill you for that “X” amount. I have never had someone come to read our electric meter in the year or so I have lived here, although someone has come to red the gas meter. So as we don’t use much electricity we have “guestiamated” that we have a 600 Euro credit with the electric company which they are supposed to credit us when we move and close our account with them. Part of me feels like using that credit on the electricity consumption of an air conditioner and part of me feels like saving it for when we move out.
Deme’s apartment in Seattle had central air and I had a cool basement I could retreat too when it got too warm in Seattle, which it does not too that often. I am not so worried about the heat of the day, but when it comes to sleeping, I like it cool.
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