I want to turn up the thermostat

Over the past couple of months, my roommates and I have been getting increasingly perplexed and concerned over our lighting bill. Every month since July, we’ve noticed the light bill continues to go up. Now, I should preface with a few things. The four of us have been living in this house for over a year. So, we’re aware of how the bills fluctuate with the seasons. For the most part, the bill only really spikes in the winter, when the sun goes down at 3:30 so we physically need the lights on more just to live. But now the utility bill has gone up almost a hundred dollars. We’ve checked all throughout the house to make sure none of our lights are being left on. No one has purchased a new air conditioner or other large appliance, so there’s no logical reason we can find for the light bill to being going up so much over three months. By month three, I had to go down to the basement to get our fall decorations. While I was down there, I wanted to give the oil boiler a glance over. Not only is the boiler 36 years old, but it also hasn’t been inspected in five years, according to the card on the side. While we obviously haven’t been using the heat lately, we do use the boiler to heat the hot water. Could our oil boiler be so old that its running up the electricity bill to heat our water? The only way to find out is to get my landlord to inspect the boiler.

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