Finally today, my apartment manager called. She said the entire gas bill is in MY lease. I told her I didn't know that, and she said my roommate did, and signed her name, and when she moved out, everything got put into my name... so I'm basically paying for the downstairs neighbors to have hot showers.
And, there is nothing that can be done. The owner knew about it, and figured giving me lower rent would do the trick. But the heating bill last winter was over 200.00 a month! Which was fine when I was splitting with roommates..
I JUST signed a new lease with these guys and I don't want to move, and Im stuck in a contract. I'm pretty upset. I've had a lot of advice on facebook already, and I might report it all to the housing authority. I'm planning on keeping the thermostat to low, and using thermal curtains. I've got heating pads and heated blankets for the pups and I'll wear socks and drink hot cocoa.
I guess what I'm shooting for now, is either low heating bills this winter, OR my rental agency putting new insulation my attic.
I'm also pretty open to a new house if it's perfect. I've been looking into some Artist Housing. Basically low rent, with studio space, if you can prove you are an artist.
But, this whole thing has been so upsetting. I barely slept last night. I've been so upset over this. I don't know if it's the pride factor, or the money. But I'm pissed.
I've tried processing this with Sterling, my mom, my rental agency, and now the blog. I seriously can't shake the upset that I'm feeling.
Anyone have any tips on keeping a house warm through the winter? I've got thermal curtains, heated blankets, warm socks, and lots of hot cocoa.
But, like yesterday's post... I'm sure I'll come out on top.