We gave in.
The other day Deus Ex Machina checked the weather, and it was supposed to drop below freezing that night. He says, "I set the thermostat to 55°", which means he turned on the furnace.
I said, "No. Turn it back off ... and start a fire."
So, he did ... well, he didn't turn off the furnance, but he did start a fire. I kept a small fire going during the day and stoked it up before I went to bed that night.
We haven't had a continuous fire going, although two out of the last three nights we've fired up the woodstove. Deus Ex Machina doesn't always light the fire in the morning. Today, we didn't have a fire, but as soon as we got home from dance class this evening, we had one going.
Most of the people around here turned on their heat weeks ago. So, while I'm a little disappointed that we didn't hold out until the end of the month (or even as long as we waited last year), I don't really feel bad.
The fire is nice and cozy, and we're saving money on electricity by heating water for tea on the woodstove ;).
Speaking of electricity, we just got our this is where your electricity comes from statement from our electric company. Forty (40) percent of the electricity we use in our house comes from hydro power, about 1% is from "municipal waste" (garbage incernation), and 20% comes from nuclear energy. So, 60% of our electricity is non-fossil fuel based. I'm not overly enthusiastic about the nuclear component, but it's nice to know that even our grid power isn't so very dependent on fossil fuels. It gives me a bit more hope that the lights will stay on, maybe, a while longer ;).