Expressed through Haiku:
These cold floors chill bones,
and also the hearts of tots.
Yea, give me free heat.
Expressed through Limerick:
Every time the wind blows,
I have a bad dream where Killian froze.
These old panes are insufficient,
and not at all energy efficient,
so we'll move to a place with new windows.
Expressed through Prose:
Our house was built in the late 1980's (that's the 1900's for you young folks) and is on a concrete slab foundation. This means the floors on the first level get COLD - as cold as the ground temperature (they won't stay as warm as long as they would if raised.) One of the nice things about living in a high-rise (concrete too!) condominium is there's someone living below and hence paying to heat the space underneath you.
An 80's house also means that our windows are *NOT* energy-efficient, and along with the outlets, let in a large amount of cold air.
One of the comparisons I did between our new condo and our current house was of the temperature along an exterior wall, on a window edge, and on the window itself. I used a wireless thermometer to get set of numbers for our house, and the condo. The difference between the wall & window for our house was probably 25+ degrees Fahrenheit, and on the actual edge of the window you could see it dip down to the external air temperature! (~30 degrees recently!). The condo was built 2 years ago after energy efficiency had become more popular in the real estate market. The difference between the wall & window in the condo was maybe 8 degrees Fahrenheit, with the edge of the window showing no drop!
So we're looking forward to running the heat less - having less utitlity bills and less dry air pumping through the house!