Keeping it cool or making it warm, the two extremes for the Maine home owner who wants to save money no matter which direction the thermostat points.
Maine has four seasons and air conditioning is not a big need like it would be in the hot hot sunny south with humidity or even with dry hot of the southwest.
But here comes winter in Maine ready or not.
And so many myths about our winter weather in Maine.
More on the true picture of the climate, weather, temperatures in Maine.
We don't live in areas near one of the cold poles on the top or bottom of the globe.
We are 19 degrees average winter temperature and not 80 below zero as some outside of Maine who never set foot here would lead you to believe.
And our frugal natures means we all just strive to find ways to make it easier to heat our homes in Maine to save money.
So the house in Maine that needs tightening up to keep everyone inside nice and warm. Toasty, happy, and no one sees their breath when they rise and shine. Or through the day and house plants thrive like the family animals.
If you are the owner of say an old Maine farm house, and happen to own a wood lot, the amount of fuel you chew up over the course of winter is not so critical.
You saw up 10 cords, have another of the same amount all cut, stacked and under cover in the machine shed or barn, under a tarp or in the wood shed. Ready to begin the ritual of feeding the central heating source from the wood furnace in the cellar.
Maine winter not so big a deal.
And to help the furnace with a stick or two put into the antique kitchen wood stove, it's all good. Or the one I use, a 404 Jotul kitchen wood stove that is small but mighty.
How drafty, how air tight the Maine farm house is suddenly is not so important. When your renewable heat source is an unlimited supply of wood for heating the floorplan adequately.