This year, as I have been trying to find ways to save on heating and electric bills I have come to the conclusion that we made a mistake in some of our pet choices. One of our children chose parakeets and the other tropical fish,(Cichlids.) The parakeets require a temperature of about 75-80 degrees . Since we now keep our house at 55-60 degrees in the winter, we have to have a small heater running in the room for them. I compromised and keep it set at 70. The fish need to have a filter running and two heaters in the tank. Of course, we don't have the fish in the same room as the birds, which could have combined some of the heat! It's a 35 gallon tank and I'm not volunteering to move it! When we have a power failure, (last winter one lasted 3 days,) we have to find ways to keep these picky pets alive. On top of that, the kids are away at college and don't even spend time with these critters anymore, but I get to care for them. If it's not too late for you, I implore you to limit your childrens pets to sustainable ones in light of our world's situation. Well, back to knitting little parakeet sweaters.