Last Winter season was uncharacteristically long, freezing & cruel. The temperature dropped below freezing as early as August & we had six inches of snow on the ground by end of October. I had no alternative but to start up the oil furnace much earlier than usual, & it ran steadily for the next seven months. My family got hit by half a dozen blizzards, which brought in snow up to our ankles, exhausting wind chill, & temperatures that dropped down to twenty-six below zero. I honestly tried my best to tighten up the home, there were drafts & freezing spots all over the site. Standing near a window or exterior door, I could feel the cold air creeping in. The oil furnace worked non stop & tended to operate at maximum capacity. On especially freezing days, the heating plan couldn’t keep up with demand. I impulsively closed off the vents & shut the doors to certain rooms, foolishly hoping I would contain the heat to a centralized living space. At night, my family relied on heated blankets to keep warm. During the day, we would dress up in many layers, cozy socks & slippers. At the end of winter I paid such enormous heating bills, I am planning to make some changes before next Winter season. I need to add caulking & weatherstripping around the doors & windows, improve the insulation in the walls & ceilings, & make sure the oil furnace is running at its best. This summer, I intend to schedule professional service to prepare the heating plan for the upcoming workload. Hopefully, a thorough cleaning & tuning will promote superior airflow & energy efficiency. I don’t think I can last another Winter season shivering in my home.