More than a decade ago, I read a short story about a small group of people at the end of the world. The story was premised on some sort of mass-produced device which took ambient heat and turned it into power. The devices had been overused, and now the world was freezing.
I think the people were essentially bandits; the main character may have been a woman who lured men to her house and killed them for their body heat? There was also a strong implication that one person she had done this to was an alien who had come to warn that the devices were destroying the world.
I think the story was in a hardbound collection, and I think the collection was from the late 70's or very early 80's.
(Calling it a "short story" is just meant to distinguish it from a full novel — it may have actually been a novella or similar.)