My ceiling fan remote control has been turned off, reverting to basic turn overhead light on or off at the switch.
While the air con has alternated between cooling and heating over the last few weeks, and a good bit of time just being off, I think it is now firmly on heating.
Adding cold water with my shower taps has passed. I now need to back off the cold.
We don't suffer extreme cold in Australia and we are not very well prepared for cold. I don't have really warm hats, coats and gloves. I don't have clothes that would keep me warm much below 10 degrees (50F) Our buildings are poorly insulated, so even though our weather is generally not extreme, well it can get very hot but usually dry heat, but not normally for long, we spend a good bit on energy to heat and cool our homes.
Australia has gone from open fire and stove heating, with some coal produced gas space heating, to oil space heating in the 1960s, to natural gas space heating in the 1970s, to ducted natural gas central heating in 1980s and now to electric reverse cycle air conditioning in the 2000s. There are still lots of gas central ducted heating units in homes though, and the residents are paying a very heavy price.
Each year in autumn and spring there are a few sweet weeks where heating and cooling are not needed. The longer the better. This is reflected in our own power use.
This is a graph of our electricity use for the year past. I really wish it was for 18 months. As you can see, we need a lot of heating when our usage peaks in July. It slowly declines to a low point in October in Spring. There could be an anomaly in this graph as February is often our hottest month, but given our power consumption, it wasn't. Our summer wasn't very hot.
At 62. I've lived for a while on this planet. The climate had changed. I suggest, you read Daniel Bowen's well reasoned post about climate change before you vote in Australia's Federal Election this coming Saturday.