Last year, the Winter season was unusually longer, much colder and unforgiving. The temperature dropped below freezing in early September and my neighborhood had six inches of snow on the ground by Halloween. We had to start up the oil furnace much earlier than expected, and it ran steadily every week. The city was with half a dozen blizzards, which brought in tons of snow, terrible wind chill, and bipolar temperatures down to twenty-six below negative. Despite doing my best to tighten up my home, there were drafts and chilly spots all over the house. If you stood near a window or exterior door, you could feel the cold air seeping in. The oil furnace worked continuously and frequently, operated at maximum capacity. On especially freezing afternoons, the heating program would struggle to keep up with demand. I decided to close off the vents and shut the doors in every room, thinking I could contain the heat to a centralized residing space. At night, my family would use heated blankets to keep warm. During the morning, we all bundled up in many layers, hot socks and slippers. I paid such enormous heating bills last winter and I am planning to make some changes before next winter hits us worse. I need to add caulking and weatherstripping around the doors and windows, improve the insulation in the walls and ceilings, and make sure the oil furnace is running at its maximum effort. This fall, I will make an appointment for professional repair to prepare the heating program for the upcoming workload. Hopefully, with thorough cleaning and fine tuning it will promote superior airflow and energy efficiency. I don’t want to spend another brutal Winter shivering in my house.